Arizona Department of Public Safety

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Arizona Department of Public Safety
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Common nameArizona Department of Public Safety
AbbreviationAZDPS [1]
Motto"Courteous Vigilance"
Agency overview
FormedJuly 1, 1969; 49 years ago (1969-07-01)
Employees2,071 (as of 2018) [2]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionArizona, United States
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Map of Arizona DPS Jurisdiction
Size295,254 square kilometres 113,998 square miles
Population7,016,270 (2017 est.)[3]
Legal jurisdictionArizona
General nature
Headquarters2102 West Encanto Boulevard, Phoenix, Arizona 85009, U.S.

Troopers1171 (as of 2018) [4]
Civilians900 (as of 2018) [5]
Agency executives
  • Frank L. Milstead, Director
  • Heston Silbert, Deputy Director
  • Assistant Director Dan Lugo, Criminal Investigations Division
  • Assistant Director Ken Hunter, Agency Support Division
  • Assistant Director Timothy Chung, Technical Services Division
  • Assistant Director Wayde Webb, Highway Patrol Division [6]
Districts19 [7]
Website
http://www.azdps.gov/

Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) is a state-level law enforcement agency with a primary function of patrolling and enforcing state laws on Arizona highways [8]. The Director is Frank L. Milstead, who began his 4-year term in February 2015. Its headquarters are in Phoenix.[9]

History[edit]

Following legislation in 1968, the Arizona Department of Public Safety was established by the executive order of Arizona Governor Jack Williams on July 1, 1969. This order amalgamated the functions and responsibilities of the Arizona Highway Patrol, the Law Enforcement Division of the state Department of Liquor Licenses and Control, and the Narcotics Division of the state Department of Law.

In its 50-plus years of service, the department has become an organization dedicated to protecting and providing state-level law enforcement services to the public and developing partnerships with agencies sharing similar missions.

The department consists of five divisions - Office of the Director, Highway Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Technical Services and Agency Support. Together these five divisions provide scientific, technical, operational, and regulatory services to Arizona residents and to the state's criminal justice community; one of the more famous subdivisions of the Criminal Investigations Division is the Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission task force (better known as "GIITEM"), which was formed to combat the growing gang infestation problems mainly in Maricopa County (the Phoenix area), even though their jurisdiction is statewide. [10]

In 2011, the Arizona State Capitol Police department was merged with DPS, alongside the Highway Patrol Division. ASCP was responsible for the State Capitol Mall in Phoenix and the Tucson State Complex. Today the Capitol Police still exist and patrol the Capitol grounds, but they are now full DPS officers and use DPS cars, logos, and uniforms. Capitol police officers wear special Capitol Police patches on their uniforms.

The vehicles of choice for the Arizona DPS/HP are the Ford Crown Victoria with the Police Interceptor package, Ford Explorer, Ford Taurus, and the Chevy Tahoe police package SUV. The department issued weapons are, for handguns, FN Herstal FNS Long Slide chambered in .40 S&W or 9MM, SIG Sauer P226 chambered in .40 S&W, or the alternative issue SIG Sauer P229 in 40 S&W. For long guns, DPS uses the Patrol rifle 223 caliber Colt AR15A2 Colt M16A2 or Colt M4 supplied with 2, 30 round magazines. The 12 gauge Remington 870 shotguns are not authorized for carry and have been modified for less lethal munitions. SWAT Troopers are issued fully automatic LWRC short barreled rifles.

Rank structure[edit]

Title Insignia
Director - Colonel
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Deputy Director - Lt. Colonel
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Assistant Director - Lt. Colonel
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Major
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Captain
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Sergeant
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Trooper
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Old ranks[edit]

The ranks of lieutenant and commander were abolished and converted to captain and major respectively in 2010. On July 24, 2015, officers officially became known as State Troopers.[11]

Organization[edit]

  • Director
    • Deputy Director
      • Office of the Director
        • Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training
        • Budget Office
        • Governor's Office of Highway Safety
        • Executive Officer Bureau
      • Criminal Investigations Division
        • Tactical Operations Bureau
        • Investigations Bureau
        • Intelligence Bureau
        • GIITEM Enforcement Bureau
        • Border Strike Force Bureau
      • Highway Patrol Division
        • Northern Patrol Bureau
        • Metro Patrol Bureau
        • Southern Patrol Bureau
        • Special Enforcement Bureau
      • Technical Services Division
        • Criminal Justice Services Bureau
        • Licensing and Regulatory Bureau
        • Wireless Systems Bureau
        • Information Technology Bureau
        • Operational Communications Bureau
        • Scientific Analysis Bureau
      • Agency Support Division
        • Logistics Bureau
        • Management Services Bureau
        • Human Resources Bureau
        • Aviation Bureau
        • Financial Services
        • Procurement

Vehicles[edit]

Currently, the Arizona Highway Patrol uses Ford Interceptor (SUV and Car), Impala 9C1, Tahoe PPV, Crown Victorias, F-150s, and Expeditions. They do have one marked Dodge Ram Pickup. Unmarked vehicles are commonly Impalas, Crown Victorias, F-150 and 250 pickups. Motorcycle units primarily consist of BMW RT-1200s.

In the past, automobile manufactures would donate cars to the department for testing. It would not be unusual to see luxury cars such as Lincoln Town Cars, Ford Thunderbirds, and others.

Highway Patrol Division[edit]

The Highway Patrol Division is divided into four bureaus, with 19 total districts and two Commercial Vehicle Enforcement areas: [12]

Special Enforcement Bureau[edit]

The Special Enforcement Bureau enforces rules and regulations regarding the operation of commercial vehicles on the roads and highways of Arizona. The emphasis is on vehicle safety, driver safety, and proper authority and compliance for vehicles operating in commerce.

Criminal Investigations Division (CID)[edit]

There are five bureaus within the Criminal Investigations Division:

  • Tactical Operations Bureau
  • Investigations Bureau
  • Intelligence Bureau
  • GIITEM Enforcement Bureau
  • Border Strike Force Bureau

Office of the Director[edit]

The Office of the Director provides assistance to the Arizona Department of Public Safety through administrative services such as crime victim services, management services promoting efficiency of government, public relations, research and planning, legal services, investigation of employee misconduct, internal and external management audits, and coordination of financial and human resource services. Additionally the Office of the Director provides support to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board, and the Law Enforcement Merit System Council. [13]

Technical Services (TSD)[edit]

The Technical Services Division develops and coordinates scientific, technical, regulatory, and support services by providing scientific analysis and criminal justice support to Arizona’s criminal justice agencies. TSD also develops, operates, and maintains the data processing and data/voice communications systems statewide and operates facilities management and logistical support.

There are six bureaus within the Technical Services Division:

  • Criminal Justice Services Bureau
  • Licensing and Regulatory Bureau
  • Wireless Systems Bureau
  • Information Technology Bureau
  • Operational Communications Bureau
  • Scientific Analysis Bureau

Agency Support (ASD)[edit]

The Agency Support Division (ASD) exists to support the mission critical units of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The Agency Support Division provides support and management services that promote government efficiency, contemporary research and planning, legal services, coordination of financial and human resource services, records and public records services, department training, cost effective facilities management, innovative logistical support, and provides statewide aviation support.

There are six main areas within the Agency Support Division:

  • Logistics Bureau
  • Management Services Bureau
  • Human Resources Bureau
  • Aviation Bureau
  • Financial Services
  • Procurement

Demographics[edit]

As of July 2018 (Note: Numbers are rounded to the nearest whole number):[14]

Sworn Staff Professional Staff Overall
Male 96% 47% 72%
Female 4% 53% 27%
White 78% 77% 78%
African American 2% 5% 3%
Hispanic 18% 14% 16%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4% 2%
Native American 1% 1% 1%
Age 40+ 54% 70% 62%

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, 30 troopers and 4 K9s have died while on duty.[15] The agency, along with the Arizona Highway Patrol Association, remembers each fallen officer at an annual memorial ceremony on the first Monday of May.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ "Arizona: Population estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. July 1, 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ [4]
  6. ^ [5]
  7. ^ [6]
  8. ^ [7]
  9. ^ "CONTACT INFORMATION." Arizona Department of Public Safety. Retrieved on January 9, 2011. "Physical Address 2102 W Encanto Blvd Phoenix, AZ 85009"
  10. ^ https://www.azdps.gov/organization
  11. ^ http://ktar.com/22/1852474/Arizona-DPS-making-changes-Officers-become-troopers-new-vehicle-colors
  12. ^ https://www.azdps.gov/organization/HPD/info
  13. ^ https://www.azdps.gov/organization/directors-office
  14. ^ https://www.azdps.gov/about
  15. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-20. Retrieved 2015-02-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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