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Thirty new Arizona State Troopers graduated from the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) State Trooper Academy on Thursday, May 16, 2024.

Class 35 comprised 21 cadets and nine lateral officers who transferred from other law enforcement agencies. Colonel Jeffrey Glover, Director of the -

The first-ever AZDPS STEM Training & Application in Real World Public Safety (S.T.A.R.) program was a great success!

The three-day program was held from March 20-22, 2024, in and around AZDPS Headquarters in Phoenix and included ten student participants from high schools across Arizona.

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On March 1, 2024, Inspector Dennis Young retired from the Arizona Department of Public Safety after a remarkable 50 years of dedicated service to the State of Arizona.

Over the course of his career, Young participated in several major operations, rose through the ranks to hold leadership -

Congratulations to AZDPS Vehicle Theft Task Force Sergeant John Mouret on winning the national title in the Men’s 50+ Masters Division at the 2023 Tactical Games National Championship! Sergeant Mouret earned his chance to compete in the championship held in November in Florence, Texas, after winning -

Congratulations to Sergeant Jason Christie, Sergeant Jason Coughlin, and Sergeant Jason Covert on completing the Paradox Ironman 70.3 Arizona! The half Ironman triathlon was held on Sunday, October 22, 2023 in Tempe.

All three sergeants are part of our Training and Management Services Bureau -

The Arizona Department of Public Safety's (AZDPS) Hazardous Materials Response Unit (HMRU) is dedicated to providing statewide response and support for incidents related to hazardous materials (hazmat), radiological materials, and weapons of mass destruction.

All Arizona State Troopers are -

On Tuesday, September 5, 2023, a female burro and her day-old foal were on State Route 74 near Lake Pleasant when she was struck by a car and killed. The small male foal survived with minor injuries and remained nearby.

Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) Sergeant Roger Hansen was among -

Andrea Rebel completed the journey from northern New Jersey to Washington, D.C. in honor of fallen AZDPS officers and troopers, including her grandfather, Officer Edward Rebel. 

On Sunday, May 7, 2023, AZDPS motor troopers proudly escorted Andrea Rebel to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport as she departed for the East Coast to participate in the 2023 Police Unity Tour (Chapter 1 – Northern NJ). This annual tour aims to bring public awareness to peace officers who have died in the -

It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) Trooper Taron S. Maddux, #10233. Trooper Maddux passed away peacefully on April 29, 2023, following a courageous battle with cancer.

An Arizona native, Trooper Maddux was born in Douglas in 1971 -

On Friday, March 17, 2023, Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) Sergeant Tom Simon retired after 30 years of dedicated service to the State of Arizona.

Sergeant Simon’s fellow motor troopers escorted him and his family home for his final “10-7”, his last radio sign-off before retirement -

Congratulations to recently retired Colonel Heston Silbert, who was named 2022 Chief of the Year by the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) today!

Colonel Silbert was honored during the AACOP Meeting and Luncheon held in Mesa this morning, January 27, 2023.

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On Monday, January 2, 2023, AZDPS Air Rescue was requested by the Gila County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) to assist with the rescue of a motorist stranded in flood waters in Tonto Creek. GCSO reported the driver of a pickup truck drove around road barricades before getting caught in fast-moving flood -

It’s off to retirement for the last in-service Crown Victoria at the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS). After going for a special “farewell” patrol shift in Phoenix recently, this classic cop car assigned to our Agency Support Division was stripped of its police equipment and delivered to -

Do you know what to do if you’re involved in a minor crash on an Arizona highway?

If the incident doesn’t involve serious injuries and the vehicle(s) involved can be driven safely, you should move your vehicle out of travel lanes as soon as possible. The safest option for you and crash responders -

On April 21, 2007, Deputy Philip A. Rodriguez of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office was killed in the line of duty in a single-vehicle collision on Interstate 40 in Kingman. Deputy Rodriguez was just 21 years old.

In keeping with tradition, Deputy Rodriguez’s name was engraved on the Arizona -