African Heritage Day on the Hill
DPS Commissioner John Harrington joined the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage at the capitol rotunda Feb. 26 to speak about how DPS is working towards more equity in Minnesota.
St. Paul Community Safety Meeting
More than 200 people filled Mount Olivet Baptist Church for a community safety meeting Jan. 22 in St. Paul to hear from federal, state, and city leaders on their plans to address crime.
DPS Commissioner John Harrington was one of the panelists. He discussed how the Department of Public Safety can support the community.
The DPS Office of Justice Programs has resources available. Call 866-223-1111, text 612-399-9995 or visit ojp.dps.mn.gov.
“Care on the Go” Packages
Department of Public Safety staff spent time Dec. 19 putting together “Care on the Go” packages.
The State Patrol and staff from other DPS divisions will hand out the packages when they encounter someone who is homeless throughout the year, but especially during the winter season.
We are asking DPS employees and the public to help by donating different items. Learn more about what you can donate and where to drop it off.
Law and Your Community Program
Assistant Department of Public Safety Commissioner Booker Hodges presented a hands-on training program to 100 Eastview High School students aimed at improving their communications with law enforcement.
The nationally recognized National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Law and Your Community program is for young people ages 13-18. Hodges is president of the Northstar Chapter of NOBLE.
Students in Eastview’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program participated in the training.
Hmong New Year Celebration at Saint Paul RiverCentre
This year was our first time attending the Hmong New Year celebration at the St. Paul River Centre. And we will definitely be back!
Commissioner John Harrington and other staff had a great time talking with community members about everything from REAL ID, crime victims assistance, and answering questions about the Hands-Free Law.
See more photos on the DPS Facebook Page.
MN Toward Zero Deaths Conference
DPS Commissioner John Harrington addressed the crowd of nearly 1,000 people at this year’s MN Toward Zero Deaths Conference in October. Traffic safety and law enforcement officials from across the state attended the conference to learn now to make Minnesota roads safer.
Franklin Middle School Student-Led Research Project
Franklin Middle School in Minneapolis completed a student-led research project and pop-up exhibit focused on African-American History in Minnesota. Students explained their exhibit to Assistant Commissioner Booker Hodges this week and shared with him what they learned.
Bears That Care Program
Kids at two Twin Cities hospitals got an early Halloween surprise from the Minnesota State Patrol.
Troopers dressed up and joined Officer Judy Hopps last week and visited children at Shriners Hospital for Children and the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. To the delight of dozens of kids, the group handed out treats and trading cards.
The trip was part of the Bears That Care program, a non-profit charity operated by State Patrol volunteers. View more pictures on the State Patrol Facebook page.
Women’s Advocates 45th Anniversary Luncheon
Breaking the cycle of domestic violence is an important part of the mission of Women’s Advocates, and DPS shares that commitment. DPS Commissioner John Harrington and other DPS leaders joined the group for their 45th anniversary luncheon and discussed ways to walk with survivors of domestic violence. We are working to help break the cycle of domestic violence, not only during this Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but throughout the year.
Improving how we operate so we can better serve Minnesotans.
That is what Department of Public Safety and DVS leaders were focusing on Sept. 20 at the Minnesota Deputy Registrar Association Conference. DPS and DVS leaders spoke with deputy registrars about their businesses and what’s in store for the next year.
We are excited to continue improving on our service to Minnesotans.
Anoka County Sheriff's Office Open House
A favorite part of our job is meeting people, hearing their stories, and talking about traffic safety and how we can all work together to make Minnesota roads safer.
Thanks to the Anoka County Sheriff's Office for letting us take part in their recent open house.
National Latino Police Officer’s Association National Conference Banquet
It was an honor to attend the National Latino Police Officer’s Association national conference banquet this weekend.
DPS Commissioner John Harrington received a leadership excellence award for community engagement and volunteer service.
State Patrol Trooper Pete Ortega was honored for his help with putting on the national convention.
It’s our privilege to serve the people of Minnesota.
Shreya Dixit Walk
Commissioner Harrington, Office of Traffic Safety director Mike Hanson and troopers from the Minnesota State Patrol took part in the annual Shreya Dixit walk on Aug. 10.
Shreya was a passenger in a vehicle and died when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed. The walk raises awareness for distracted driving.
Learn more at the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation website.
Commissioner Harrington had a great time Aug. 8 at Farmfest in Redwood County.
He learned about the issues facing Minnesota farmers and rural Minnesotans and also had a chance to meet with Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish.
National Night Out
Thanks to everyone who stopped out to say hi in downtown St. Paul. And a special thanks to Gov. Tim Walz for joining us.
We love meeting the Minnesotans we serve.
Visit the DPS Facebook page to see more photos.
Fisherman's Picnic in Grand Marais
DPS was at the 90th Annual Fisherman’s Picnic that ran Aug. 1-4 in Grand Marais. Representatives from a variety of DPS divisions were available to answer questions and show Minnesotans what DPS does to make them safer.
American Indian Month in Minnesota
May was American Indian Month in Minnesota. Nicole Archbold, our community affairs director, attended an open house at the Native American Community Clinic in Minneapolis. The open house was one of many community celebrations held to recognize the 50th Anniversary of American Indian Month.
Pictured left to right are: Carol LaFleur, Metro Transit Outreach; Abdirahman Muse, Metropolitan Council member; Anthony Stately, CEO Native American Community Clinic; Robert Lilligren, Metropolitan Council member and executive director, Native American Community Development Institute; Nicole Archbold, DPS.
Cinco de Mayo
We had a great time with Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington in May spending time and meeting people in the community during the Cinco de Mayo parade.
Thanks to everyone who stopped to say hello.
Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association (IMAA) Walk Around the World
We had a great time at the Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association (IMAA) Walk Around the World event at Rochester Community Technical College.
Troopers met hundreds of people and pinned a lot of youth with Junior Trooper badges. Thanks to IMAA for inviting us!
Law Enforcement Torch Run
The numbers are in! Law enforcement participating in this year’s Torch Run raised $50,000 for Special Olympics Minnesota. The Torch Run program has raised $700 million worldwide since it started in 1981 and the BCA is a proud participant. More information is available on the Special Olympics Minnesota website
People of Color Career Fair
Thank you to everyone who stopped to see us at the People of Color Career Fair.
If you're interested in a job with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, visit our employment page for more information.