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AZDPS Prepares for Memorial Day Traffic Enforcement Throughout the State

DPS encourages the public to take action and save lives by driving safely
Friday, May 25, 2018 - 6:30am
- For Immediate Release -

Arizona — Beginning May 25, troopers statewide will be targeting impaired drivers, distracted drivers, fatigued drivers, unrestrained occupants and speeders through various focused enforcement operations. Troopers and roadside motorist assistants will also be patrolling for stranded motorists. The goal is to reduce fatality and injury collisions statewide and insure people get to their destinations safely.

 

The Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) is also encouraging everyone to take action during the holiday travel season by:

 

  • Reporting all dangerous driving behavior via 911
  • Refraining from all distractions while driving
  • Reporting all stranded motorists and other safety concerns via 911
  • Prepare yourself for safe travel at https://www.azdps.gov/safety/travel

 

Also, Do Not:

 

  • Litter cigarettes
  • Drag trailer chains
  • Stop on dry roadside vegetation

 

“So far this year we have lost 136 people to fatal collisions on Arizona highways, a 24 percent increase from the same time frame last year. This Memorial Day Weekend our troopers will be patrolling throughout the state enforcing speed limits, looking for distracted and aggressive drivers, and targeting impaired drivers,” said Colonel Frank Milstead, AZDPS Director. “I am calling on the public to help reach our goal of zero fatalities this holiday weekend. Safe roads this holiday weekend begin with you, your actions can save lives. Give yourself extra time, slow down, buckle your seat belt, and don’t drive impaired.”

 

Be aware of state and national park closures and fire restrictions due to extremely dry conditions throughout the state. State owned and managed lands in Apache, Navajo and Gila Counties are closed for recreational use. Coconino County lands south of the Grand Canyon are also closed.

 

For information about fire restrictions, see the updated Fire Restriction map below, or go to www.firerestrictions.us.

 

Statewide focused traffic enforcement:  

 

Tan Days

 

During this Memorial Day holiday weekend, sworn personnel from our Criminal Investigations Division will don their tan uniforms along with troopers usually assigned to administrative duties, to help augment the efforts of the Highway Patrol Division with traffic enforcement.

 

Northern Arizona

 

Mohave County – DUI task force participation May 25. Speed enforcement May 28.

Coconino County – Distracted Driving enforcement May 25 and 26.

Navajo and Apache Counties – Distracted driving and Speed enforcement May 25-27. Seat belt           enforcement May 26. Speed enforcement May 28.

Gila County – DUI task force participation May 25-27. Hazardous violation and seat belt enforcement

May 25. Seat belt enforcement

May 27. Hazardous violation enforcement May 28

 

Central Arizona/Phoenix

East Valley DUI task force participation May 25-28. West Valley DUI task force participation May 26-28. May 25 – 28 speed and seat belt enforcement.

Pinal County – DUI enforcement and seat belt enforcement May 25. Speed and hazardous violations May 27-28.

 

Southern Arizona

 

Yuma and La Paz Counties – DUI enforcement May 25-28.

 

Pima, Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties – Eastern Arizona DUI Task Force participation May 25 and 28. Southern Arizona DUI task force participation May 26. Traffic enforcement May 25 and 28

 

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement

 

Southern Arizona – Distracted driving and traffic enforcement May 26-28.

 

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SILVER ALERT-REBECCA STOWERS- LOCATED

On Thursday May 24, 2018 at approximately 16:05 hours investigative leads into the missing persons case regarding Rebecca Stowers indicated that a male friend came to the home lastnight and took the subject on a short out of town trip. The family members of the man contacted him and he returned Ms. Stowers home without injury. Rebecca Stowers did not notify her caregiver or friends of her intent to leave her home with this man. Sheriff Deputy’s do not anticipate charges filed in this case.

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Silver Alert- Rebecca Stowers

On Friday June 19, 2015 at approximately 9:10 pm, the Cochise County Sheriff's Office was advised of a 44 year old woman who was missing in the Chiricahua Mountains. The woman was outside of the bathroom at the campground while her mother went inside, and she has not been seen since. 

Janet Castrejon is a 44 year old female who suffers from a traumatic brain injury she sustained in a motor vehicle accident when she was 18 years old. As a result of this injury, Janet has the mental capacity of a 5 year old, with a very short attention span.

Janet has long black hair that she wears in a braid, she is 5’2” tall, weighs @ 250 pounds, and was last seen wearing a white long sleeve shirt with black writing, blue jeans, white tennis shoes with red on the sides.   

Search and Rescue personnel, along with multiple other agencies have been assisting in the search for Janet since Friday night without success in finding her. Please look closely at the photograph and contact your local law enforcement agency, Cochise County Sheriff’s Office at 800-362-0812, or 9-1-1 if you have seen her or have information on her whereabouts.

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Cochise County Sheriff's Office
Contact Person: 
Carol Capas
Contact Email: 
Date: 
Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 1:30pm
Contact Phone: 
(520) 432-9500
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Rebecca Stowers
Age: 
81
DOB: 
Wednesday, July 15, 1936
Height: 
5'7"
Weight: 
165
Hair Color: 
Gry/Brn
Eye Color: 
Brn
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
County/Location: 
Cochise County/ Douglas
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Silver Alert- Rebecca Stowers

On Friday June 19, 2015 at approximately 9:10 pm, the Cochise County Sheriff's Office was advised of a 44 year old woman who was missing in the Chiricahua Mountains. The woman was outside of the bathroom at the campground while her mother went inside, and she has not been seen since. 

Janet Castrejon is a 44 year old female who suffers from a traumatic brain injury she sustained in a motor vehicle accident when she was 18 years old. As a result of this injury, Janet has the mental capacity of a 5 year old, with a very short attention span.

Janet has long black hair that she wears in a braid, she is 5’2” tall, weighs @ 250 pounds, and was last seen wearing a white long sleeve shirt with black writing, blue jeans, white tennis shoes with red on the sides.   

Search and Rescue personnel, along with multiple other agencies have been assisting in the search for Janet since Friday night without success in finding her. Please look closely at the photograph and contact your local law enforcement agency, Cochise County Sheriff’s Office at 800-362-0812, or 9-1-1 if you have seen her or have information on her whereabouts.

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Cochise County Sheriff's Office
Contact Person: 
Carol Capas
Contact Email: 
Date: 
Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 1:30pm
Contact Phone: 
(520) 432-9500
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Rebecca Stowers
Age: 
81
DOB: 
Wednesday, July 15, 1936
Height: 
5'7"
Weight: 
165
Hair Color: 
Gry/Brn
Eye Color: 
Brn
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
County/Location: 
Cochise County/ Douglas
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SILVER ALERT-TROY FINCHER-ACTIVE

 

Peoria Police seek the public’s help in locating 68-year-old, Troy Fincher. He is described as a Caucasian male, 6’00’, 180 lbs., with gray hair and brown eyes. He is believed to be wearing a beige polo shirt, blue jeans and eyeglasses.   

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Silver Alert: Nathan Kent Rozell

Subject advised his wife, Charlotte Rozell he was going to a friend’s house in Concho. Friends stated they last seen subject around 1400 hrs. on 05/22/2018. Subject left without any of his belongings, on a blue electric wheel chair.

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Apache County Sheriff's Office
Contact Person: 
Deputy Justin Weller
Contact Email: 
Date: 
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 2:30am
Contact Phone: 
(928) 337-4321 x2
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Nathan Kent Rozell
Age: 
63
DOB: 
Monday, January 3, 1955
Height: 
5'11"
Weight: 
250-300
Hair Color: 
Gray
Eye Color: 
Blue
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
County/Location: 
Apache Co / County Road, Concho, AZ 85924
Vehicle License Plate: 
N/A
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Mary Migatulski - Tucson PD Active

83-year-old Mary Migatulski was last seen on foot in the 2500 block of Broken Arrow, near Ironwood Hills Drive and Shannon Road. Migatulski has Alzheimer's and Dementia is not familiar with the area. She is described as a white woman, 5-foot-0, 120 pounds. She was wearing a pink jacket.

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SILVER ALERT-Nancy Louise Eutsey

On May 19th, 2018 at approximately 1245 hours, Nancy Louise Eutsey, 80 year old, was working at church and left to get lunch but did not return.  Eutsey suffers from dimentia.  She is driving a 2018 maroon Toyota Sienna Van.  Airzona license plate 746327A.  Last seen wearing a brown flannel, blue jeans and glasses

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Silver Alert-John Yeomans-Active

Mr. Yeomans was last seen at the Conoco Gas Station in Show Low, Arizona on 5-17-18 at 2:00 pm.  He was driving a tan and maroon 1988 Ford 1/2 ton pick-up truck with Arizona Wheel Chair Plate HLB54.  There is a spare tire mounted on the right side and a bug deflector.  He has a large dog named Angel which may be with him.  Please contact Show Low PD (928-537-4365) or local law enforcement if you see Mr. Yeomans or the vehicle.  He suffers from Dementia.

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Silver Alert-John Yeomans-Active

Mr. Yeomans was last seen at the Conoco Gas Station in Show Low, Arizona on 5-17-18 at 2:00 pm.  He was driving a tan and maroon 1988 Ford 1/2 ton pick-up truck with Arizona Wheel Chair Plate HLB54.  There is a spare tire mounted on the right side and a bug deflector.  He has a large dog named Angel which may be with him.  Please contact Show Low PD (928-537-4365) or local law enforcement if you see Mr. Yeomans or the vehicle.  He suffers from Dementia.

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NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING OF THE DPS LOCAL RETIREMENT BOARD PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL RETIREMENT SYSTEM

Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the DPS Local Retirement Board endeavors to ensure the accessibility of its meetings to all persons with disabilities.  If you need an accommodation for the meeting, please contact Leanne Lunsford at (602) 223-2147.  Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

Date: 
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 1:00pm
Location: 
Department of Public Safety
2102 W. Encanto Blvd.
Management Services Conference Room, Suite 260
Phoenix, AZ 85009

United States

Agenda: 

1.         Approval of minutes of the April 19, 2018 meeting.

2.         Accidental Disability Retirement Application:

 

                     James Waltermire

 

 

3. Executive Session – The Board may meet in Executive Session at the Department of Public Safety, Management Services Conference Room, Suite 260, 2102 W. Encanto Blvd. Phoenix, Arizona for the discussion of Agenda Item #2, pursuant to ARS 38-431.03(A)(2) for purposes of discussion or consideration of records, information or testimony exempt by law from public inspection.

 

 

4.         Accidental Disability Retirement Application:

 

                     James Casey

 

 

5.  Executive Session – The Board may meet in Executive Session at the Department of Public Safety, Management Services Conference Room, Suite 260, 2102 W. Encanto Blvd. Phoenix, Arizona for the discussion of Agenda Item #4, pursuant to ARS 38-431.03(A)(2) for purposes of discussion or consideration of records, information or testimony exempt by law from public inspection.

 

 

6.         Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) Applications:

 

                    Gary Bujdos, effective April 30, 2018

                    Karl Jensen, effective May 31, 2018

 

 

7.         Termination of Retirement Benefit:

 

                     Edgar Armer, deceased April 20, 2018

                     Jerry D. Harris, deceased April 30, 2018

                     Larry Mingus, deceased May 7, 2018

 

 

8.         Surviving Spouse Benefit:

 

                     Doris Armer, surviving spouse of Edgar Armer, deceased April 20, 2018

                     Sylvia Harris, surviving spouse of Jerry D. Harris, deceased April 30, 2018 (Pending Receipt of Application)

 

 

9.         Termination of Surviving Spouse Benefit:

                        Cheryl Goade, deceased 03/09/2018.  Surviving spouse of Marshall Goade.

 

 

10.       Return to Work Retiree:

 

                        Blake Richardson retired November 16, 2017, returned to work January 20, 2018

                        Andres Vasquez retired February 29, 2016, returned to work May 5, 2018

 

 

11.       New Business:

 

 

12.       Old Business:

 

 

13.         Expenses:

                          Law Office of Judith E. Abramsohn   $   217.00

                          MCN                                                   $2,460.00

 

 

 

 

Signature: 
Shane McFarland, Chairperson
DPS Local Retirement Board
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Silver Alert

Donald was last seen at his residence by his wife (Grace Stombres 05/09/60) around 0700 hours on 05/15/18. Donald is diagnosed with Dementia/ Alzheimer’s, double lung transplant, and has had a recent stroke as of 04/2018. Donald is required to take medications and without medication his body can begin to reject to the lung. Donald left in the stated truck from his residence at 7699 E Aster Dr at unknown time and unknown where he would be going too. Donald frequents a car show at the Pavilions (Indian Bend/ L101), Walmart (Northsight/Hayden). Last known credit card purchase by Donald was at Guido's Deli 10893 N Scottsdale Rd at 1953 hours on 05/15/18. Above locations have been searched with negative results. Distinguishing feature on vehicle: Dent on driver side front fender above head light with orange colored scratch marks

Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Scottsdale Police Department
Contact Person: 
J. Owens
Contact Email: 
Date: 
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 2:00am
Contact Phone: 
(480) 312-8371
Alert Status: 
Active
Name: 
Donald Stombres
Age: 
75
DOB: 
Saturday, May 1, 1943
Height: 
6'0
Weight: 
190
Hair Color: 
Grey
Eye Color: 
Blue
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
County/Location: 
Maricopa / E Aster Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Vehicle License Plate: 
AHJ3894
Vehicle Make/Model: 
Dodge 4dr Pickup
Vehicle Year: 
2009
Vehicle Color: 
Gray
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Two Dead in Wrong-Way Collision on SR-347 Near Riggs

Incident Status: 
Active
Incident Date: 
Monday, May 14, 2018 - 8:22pm
Department Report Number: 
2018-025725
Preliminary Information: 

On Monday, May 14, 2018 at 8:22 p.m., there was a three-vehicle, wrong-way fatal collision on southbound State Route 347 near Riggs Road. The at-fault vehicle, A 2017 gray Hyundai sedan, driven by Karen Ankiewicz, 70, of Sun City West, was northbound in the southbound lanes of SR-347 when it struck a red 2010 Chrysler 300, driven by Julissa Torres, 26, of Maricopa, head on. Both the wrong way driver and the driver of the Chrysler 300 were deceased on scene. Three additional passengers in the Chrysler 300 were transported to a local hospital. A 26-year-old adult male, and a four-year-old child from the Chrysler were admitted with non-life-threatening injuries. A one-year-old child from that same vehicle was evaluated and released. 

 

The driver and two passengers of a white 2002 Pontiac sedan, which struck the Chrysler after the initial collision, were also transported to a local hospital. The driver, a 57-year-old male and 13-year-old passenger were admitted for non-life-threatening injuries. A 15-year-old passenger in the Pontiac was treated and released.

 

At this time, it’s unknown if impairment or a medical issue were factors regarding the wrong way vehicle. The investigation is ongoing.  

 

The southbound lanes of SR-347 were closed for the duration of the investigation and re-opened just before 4 a.m.

Incident Location: 
District: 
18 - Metro South
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Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Allocates Money to AZDPS for Seat Belt Enforcement

GOHS presents AZDPS with $10,000 to help pay for overtime
Monday, May 14, 2018 - 12:15pm
- For Immediate Release -

Phoenix — The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has awarded the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) a $10,000.00 grant to pay for overtime and other expenses related to the two week Buckle Up Arizona Enforcement Campaign from May 21, 2018 through June 3, 2018.

 

According to the Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts, 952 people died in automobile crashes in 2016, of which 333 (35%) were unrestrained. Children under the age of five accounted for 11 passenger fatalities in 2016, of which 3 (27%) were unrestrained.

 

“The numbers tell the whole story. Drivers and passengers must put on their seat belts and make sure their children are properly restrained every time they get into a vehicle. The lifesaving benefits from seat belt use helps families and friends travel safely on Arizona roadways. Thanks to support from Director Alberto Gutier of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, AZDPS Troopers will be able to educate drivers and enforce state laws. Reducing injuries and fatalities through seat belt use is one of our top priorities,” said Lt. Col. Wayde Webb, AZDPS Assistant Director.

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Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Allocates Money to AZDPS for Seat Belt Enforcement

GOHS presents AZDPS with $10,000 to help pay for overtime
Monday, May 14, 2018 - 12:15pm
- For Immediate Release -

Phoenix — The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has awarded the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) a $10,000.00 grant to pay for overtime and other expenses related to the two week Buckle Up Arizona Enforcement Campaign from May 21, 2018 through June 3, 2018.

 

According to the Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts, 952 people died in automobile crashes in 2016, of which 333 (35%) were unrestrained. Children under the age of five accounted for 11 passenger fatalities in 2016, of which 3 (27%) were unrestrained.

 

“The numbers tell the whole story. Drivers and passengers must put on their seat belts and make sure their children are properly restrained every time they get into a vehicle. The lifesaving benefits from seat belt use helps families and friends travel safely on Arizona roadways. Thanks to support from Director Alberto Gutier of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, AZDPS Troopers will be able to educate drivers and enforce state laws. Reducing injuries and fatalities through seat belt use is one of our top priorities,” said Lt. Col. Wayde Webb, AZDPS Assistant Director.

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Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Allocates Money to AZDPS for Seat Belt Enforcement

GOHS presents AZDPS with $10,000 to help pay for overtime
Monday, May 14, 2018 - 12:15pm
- For Immediate Release -

Phoenix — The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has awarded the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) a $10,000.00 grant to pay for overtime and other expenses related to the two week Buckle Up Arizona Enforcement Campaign from May 21, 2018 through June 3, 2018.

 

According to the Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts, 952 people died in automobile crashes in 2016, of which 333 (35%) were unrestrained. Children under the age of five accounted for 11 passenger fatalities in 2016, of which 3 (27%) were unrestrained.

 

“The numbers tell the whole story. Drivers and passengers must put on their seat belts and make sure their children are properly restrained every time they get into a vehicle. The lifesaving benefits from seat belt use helps families and friends travel safely on Arizona roadways. Thanks to support from Director Alberto Gutier of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, AZDPS Troopers will be able to educate drivers and enforce state laws. Reducing injuries and fatalities through seat belt use is one of our top priorities,” said Lt. Col. Wayde Webb, AZDPS Assistant Director.

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Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Allocates Money to AZDPS for Seat Belt Enforcement

GOHS presents AZDPS with $10,000 to help pay for overtime
Monday, May 14, 2018 - 12:15pm
- For Immediate Release -

Phoenix — The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has awarded the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) a $10,000.00 grant to pay for overtime and other expenses related to the two week Buckle Up Arizona Enforcement Campaign from May 21, 2018 through June 3, 2018.

 

According to the Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts, 952 people died in automobile crashes in 2016, of which 333 (35%) were unrestrained. Children under the age of five accounted for 11 passenger fatalities in 2016, of which 3 (27%) were unrestrained.

 

“The numbers tell the whole story. Drivers and passengers must put on their seat belts and make sure their children are properly restrained every time they get into a vehicle. The lifesaving benefits from seat belt use helps families and friends travel safely on Arizona roadways. Thanks to support from Director Alberto Gutier of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, AZDPS Troopers will be able to educate drivers and enforce state laws. Reducing injuries and fatalities through seat belt use is one of our top priorities,” said Lt. Col. Wayde Webb, AZDPS Assistant Director.

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Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Allocates Money to AZDPS for Seat Belt Enforcement

GOHS presents AZDPS with $10,000 to help pay for overtime
Monday, May 14, 2018 - 12:15pm
- For Immediate Release -

Phoenix — The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has awarded the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) a $10,000.00 grant to pay for overtime and other expenses related to the two week Buckle Up Arizona Enforcement Campaign from May 21, 2018 through June 3, 2018.

 

According to the Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts, 952 people died in automobile crashes in 2016, of which 333 (35%) were unrestrained. Children under the age of five accounted for 11 passenger fatalities in 2016, of which 3 (27%) were unrestrained.

 

“The numbers tell the whole story. Drivers and passengers must put on their seat belts and make sure their children are properly restrained every time they get into a vehicle. The lifesaving benefits from seat belt use helps families and friends travel safely on Arizona roadways. Thanks to support from Director Alberto Gutier of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, AZDPS Troopers will be able to educate drivers and enforce state laws. Reducing injuries and fatalities through seat belt use is one of our top priorities,” said Lt. Col. Wayde Webb, AZDPS Assistant Director.

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Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Allocates Money to AZDPS for Seat Belt Enforcement

GOHS presents AZDPS with $10,000 to help pay for overtime
Monday, May 14, 2018 - 12:15pm
- For Immediate Release -

Phoenix — The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has awarded the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) a $10,000.00 grant to pay for overtime and other expenses related to the two week Buckle Up Arizona Enforcement Campaign from May 21, 2018 through June 3, 2018.

 

According to the Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts, 952 people died in automobile crashes in 2016, of which 333 (35%) were unrestrained. Children under the age of five accounted for 11 passenger fatalities in 2016, of which 3 (27%) were unrestrained.

 

“The numbers tell the whole story. Drivers and passengers must put on their seat belts and make sure their children are properly restrained every time they get into a vehicle. The lifesaving benefits from seat belt use helps families and friends travel safely on Arizona roadways. Thanks to support from Director Alberto Gutier of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, AZDPS Troopers will be able to educate drivers and enforce state laws. Reducing injuries and fatalities through seat belt use is one of our top priorities,” said Lt. Col. Wayde Webb, AZDPS Assistant Director.

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Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Allocates Money to AZDPS for Seat Belt Enforcement

GOHS presents AZDPS with $10,000 to help pay for overtime
Monday, May 14, 2018 - 12:15pm
- For Immediate Release -

Phoenix — The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has awarded the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) a $10,000.00 grant to pay for overtime and other expenses related to the two week Buckle Up Arizona Enforcement Campaign from May 21, 2018 through June 3, 2018.

 

According to the Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts, 952 people died in automobile crashes in 2016, of which 333 (35%) were unrestrained. Children under the age of five accounted for 11 passenger fatalities in 2016, of which 3 (27%) were unrestrained.

 

“The numbers tell the whole story. Drivers and passengers must put on their seat belts and make sure their children are properly restrained every time they get into a vehicle. The lifesaving benefits from seat belt use helps families and friends travel safely on Arizona roadways. Thanks to support from Director Alberto Gutier of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, AZDPS Troopers will be able to educate drivers and enforce state laws. Reducing injuries and fatalities through seat belt use is one of our top priorities,” said Lt. Col. Wayde Webb, AZDPS Assistant Director.

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April 6, 2018

Type of Analysis: 
Blood Alcohol Analysis
Drug Toxicology
Controlled Substances
Latent Prints
Backlogged Cases: 
0
474
138
13
Average Turnaround Time (days): 
23
55
31
22
Firearms
39
113
DNA - Violent Crimes
N/A
N/A
DNA - Sex Assaults
N/A
N/A
DNA - Property Crimes
N/A
N/A
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March 9, 2018

Type of Analysis: 
Blood Alcohol Analysis
Drug Toxicology
Controlled Substances
Latent Prints
Backlogged Cases: 
4
577
349
32
Average Turnaround Time (days): 
28
64
39
27
Firearms
44
236
DNA - Violent Crimes
N/A
N/A
DNA - Sex Assaults
N/A
N/A
DNA - Property Crimes
N/A
N/A
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February 9, 2018

Type of Analysis: 
Blood Alcohol Analysis
Drug Toxicology
Controlled Substances
Latent Prints
Backlogged Cases: 
127
589
685
65
Average Turnaround Time (days): 
31
78
33
40
Firearms
59
149
DNA - Violent Crimes
N/A
N/A
DNA - Sex Assaults
N/A
N/A
DNA - Property Crimes
N/A
N/A
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January 12, 2018

Type of Analysis: 
Blood Alcohol Analysis
Drug Toxicology
Controlled Substances
Latent Prints
Backlogged Cases: 
298
818
777
102
Average Turnaround Time (days): 
26
66
32
37
Firearms
72
157
DNA - Violent Crimes
N/A
N/A
DNA - Sex Assaults
N/A
N/A
DNA - Property Crimes
N/A
N/A
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Type of Analysis: 
Blood Alcohol Analysis
Drug Toxicology
Controlled Substances
Latent Prints
Backlogged Cases: 
7
8
0
8
Average Turnaround Time (days): 
13
4
53
53
Key: 

Backlogged Cases - Cases received by the Scientific Analysis Bureau more than 28 days ago where a report has not yet been released. 

Average Turnaround Time - The average time it takes for a case to be completed by the Scientific Analysis Bureau from receipt of the evidence to releasing a report.

Firearms
7
54
DNA - Violent Crimes
0
64
DNA - Sex Assaults
25
7
DNA - Property Crimes
02
43
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Type of Analysis: 
Blood Alcohol Analysis
Drug Toxicology
Backlogged Cases: 
11
14
Average Turnaround Time (days): 
54
34
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Backlogged Cases: 
11
Average Turnaround Time (days): 
12
Blood Alcohol Analysis: 
Blood Alcohol Analysis
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The 20th Annual Fallen Officer Memorial Ceremony

On May 7, 2018, the Arizona Department of Public Safety held the 20th annual DPS Fallen Officer Memorial Ceremony to honor and remember the 29 troopers that have died in the line of duty. The ceremony was held at the Fallen Trooper Memorial site, on the grounds in front of the AZDPS Headquarters building in Phoenix. Gov. Doug Ducey was in attendance and paid his respects to the fallen and the families left behind. It was an honor to have Gov. Ducey in attendance, as well as Col. Frank Milstead. 

 

 

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Defensive Pistolcraft Training

LEOSA Member: 
Yes
Address: 
PO Box 1935
Parker, AZ 85344

United States

Phone: 
(928) 916-2376
Notes: 
LEOSA Instructor - Mark Anthony Wolfe
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Mark Anthony Wolfe

LEOSA Member: 
Yes
Address: 
PO Box 1935
Parker, AZ 85344

United States

Phone: 
(928) 916-2376
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Bird Strikes Cripple AZDPS Helicopter After Search and Rescue Mission

Highly skilled Ranger 56 crew successfully land their crippled aircraft in an open field
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 7:00am
- For Immediate Release -

Northern Arizona — On April 29, 2018, at 12:51 a.m., an Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) helicopter, Ranger 56, was flying back to the Western Air Rescue base in Kingman after an unsuccessful search for a four-year-old girl north of Williams. During the return flight to base in Kingman, Ranger 56 struck a group of birds.

 

Pilot John Haverly and Trooper – Paramedic Daniel Townsend described what happened next, “The flight was suddenly interrupted with a serious of loud cannon like thuds, followed by a sudden rush of air into the cockpit.” Both crew members described being blasted by 100+ mph wind, debris, bird blood and their remains which temporarily blinded Townsend.

 

Moments prior to the impacts, Townsend, who was traveling in the front left seat, observed what appeared to be a group of birds flying from the left side directly into the path of Ranger 56. There was no time to warn the pilot who did not see the birds.

 

Although Ranger 56 received damage and the crew was battling with debris and high-speed wind blast, they successfully landed in an open field near Interstate 40 where they contacted the Department’s Flagstaff Operations Communications center and asked for help.

 

The crew did not sustain injury.

 

An initial inspection of Ranger 56 indicated one of the birds had broken through the left front chin bubble of the aircraft, which is what allowed the sudden rush of air into the cockpit.

 

The next day, Ranger 56 was repaired for a flight to Phoenix where a thorough inspection and repairs could be performed.

 

Lt. Colonel Ken Hunter, of the Agency Support Division said, “This very brave and highly skilled crew was just returning from a search and rescue mission involving a missing four-year-old girl. Pilot Haverly’s wit and training are the reason he was able to land the helicopter safely and without further incident.”

 

The four-year-old girl was later found safe.

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Fallen Arizona Department of Public Safety Troopers to be Honored Monday, May 7th

The Officer Memorial Ceremony to will be held at DPS Headquarters in Phoenix
Friday, May 4, 2018 - 6:00am
- For Immediate Release -

Phoenix — The news media is invited to attend the 2018 Officer Memorial Ceremony at the Arizona Department of Public Safety State (AZDPS) headquarters building located at, 2102 West Encanto Boulevard in Phoenix. The ceremony will commence at 9:00 a.m.

 

Hosted by the Arizona State Troopers Association, the event pays tribute to the 29 AZDPS Troopers who have died in the line of duty since 1958.

 

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and DPS Director Frank Milstead will be in attendance.

 

“To Offficers past – A Tribute. To Officers present – a reminder. To officers yet to come – a legacy.”

 

To learn more about our fallen troopers, click here: https://www.azdps.gov/colonel/fallen

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Investigator and Security License Processing Now Available Online at azdps.gov/licensing

AZDPS’ new online licensing process allows applicants to monitor the status of their application  
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 12:00pm
- For Immediate Release -

Phoenix — In another stride to keep the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) a national model in providing customer-oriented, state-level law enforcement services, Col. Frank Milstead has initiated an update to the agency’s licensing webpage at azdps.gov/licensing

 

Now implemented on the licensing section webpage, is the “Apply Online” tab. This new feature allows Arizona applicants to immediately submit a Security Guard, Security Guard Trainers, Private Investigator Registration or License Application. The new page aims to be user-friendly, so the agency’s Licensing Unit can provide quick and pertinent information to the customer during the application process.  

 

The old method required applications to be mailed or hand delivered to AZDPS.

 

AZDPS regulates security guard, security agency, private investigator and private investigative agency licensing. Additionally, the unit accepts complaints from the public and enforces statutory laws and administrative rules pertaining to those entities. 

 

Lt. Col. Timothy Chung, who oversees the Licensing Unit is excited to present the new section to the public, “The new Licensing section of the Department’s website is another great example of how we are working tirelessly towards Col. Milstead’s vision of being the national model of excellence, from our law enforcement efforts on the streets to the customer-centric website. The addition of applying online, as well as the overall revamp of the section, will not only provide the citizens of Arizona with additional benefits on the Licensing Unit’s section, but will also save them their invaluable time with easier to find content better pertaining to their needs.” 

 

“Our mission within the Licensing Unit is to efficiently assist our customers with their licensing needs,” says Ana Velarde, manager of the Licensing and Regulatory Bureau. “The Licensing section of the website is a one-stop shop that includes all forms and documents needed, an option to check the status of your license and the newly implemented apply online feature.”

 

To visit the Licensing Unit’s section on the website, please visit: azdps.gov/licensing

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Investigator and Security License Processing Now Available Online at azdps.gov/licensing

AZDPS’ new online licensing process allows applicants to monitor the status of their application  
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 12:00pm
- For Immediate Release -

Phoenix — In another stride to keep the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) a national model in providing customer-oriented, state-level law enforcement services, Col. Frank Milstead has initiated an update to the agency’s licensing webpage at azdps.gov/licensing

 

Now implemented on the licensing section webpage, is the “Apply Online” tab. This new feature allows Arizona applicants to immediately submit a Security Guard, Security Guard Trainers, Private Investigator Registration or License Application. The new page aims to be user-friendly, so the agency’s Licensing Unit can provide quick and pertinent information to the customer during the application process.  

 

The old method required applications to be mailed or hand delivered to AZDPS.

 

AZDPS regulates security guard, security agency, private investigator and private investigative agency licensing. Additionally, the unit accepts complaints from the public and enforces statutory laws and administrative rules pertaining to those entities. 

 

Lt. Col. Timothy Chung, who oversees the Licensing Unit is excited to present the new section to the public, “The new Licensing section of the Department’s website is another great example of how we are working tirelessly towards Col. Milstead’s vision of being the national model of excellence, from our law enforcement efforts on the streets to the customer-centric website. The addition of applying online, as well as the overall revamp of the section, will not only provide the citizens of Arizona with additional benefits on the Licensing Unit’s section, but will also save them their invaluable time with easier to find content better pertaining to their needs.” 

 

“Our mission within the Licensing Unit is to efficiently assist our customers with their licensing needs,” says Ana Velarde, manager of the Licensing and Regulatory Bureau. “The Licensing section of the website is a one-stop shop that includes all forms and documents needed, an option to check the status of your license and the newly implemented apply online feature.”

 

To visit the Licensing Unit’s section on the website, please visit: azdps.gov/licensing

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State Detectives Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Quartzsite

Incident Status: 
Active
Incident Date: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 11:31am
Department Report Number: 
AZ1800181113
Preliminary Information: 

Quartzsite, AZ- On May 1, 2018 at 10:41 p.m., the Quartzsite Police Department (QPD) began to receive calls of two houses on fire in the area of 110 N. Washington St. in Quartzsite, AZ. Upon arrival to the scene, QPD officers learned the fires were intentionally set. Victims from one of the homes were able to identify the suspect who started the fires and were able to provide a description of the vehicle in which the suspect fled.  

 

Just after 11:30 p.m., Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) troopers were called by the QPD to assist in the search of the suspect.

 

At 12:39 a.m., QPD officers and two AZDPS troopers located the suspect in an area north of the Burger King off Exit 17 in Quartzsite. Shortly after locating the suspect, he fired at the officers and troopers striking a QPD officer. One of the troopers returned fire while the other trooper dragged the QPD officer to cover and applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

 

The injured QPD Officer was transported to Lake Havasu Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

 

The suspect then fled north from the area of the shooting to another area where he had previously set up a strategic advantage of cover, utilizing a block wall and his vehicle for protection. Additionally, he set up multiple weapons including rifles, a handgun and ammunition. Troopers attempted to negotiate with the suspect but were unsuccessful. Troopers then engaged the suspect, who was shot. On-scene trooper/paramedics attended to the suspect who ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

 

AZDPS investigators are now leading the investigation.

 

Incident Location: 
District: 
04 - Yuma
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The 15th Annual Barbecue for Champions Was a Great Success!

2018 marked the 15th anniversary of the Arizona Department of Public Safety's partnership with the Special Olympics Arizona hosting the Barbecue for Champions. Thank you to all that attended and helped make this day great! We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Barbecue for Champions!

 

Please watch the highlights below. 

 

 

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