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​​Safety First

​​​​​​​​​​The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is here to keep people safe and improve the lives of those who live, work and play here in Minnesota. Part of that is making sure you have all the information you need to make safe decisions for your loved ones. Safety First brings that information directly to your inbox on a twice-monthly basis along with updates on what we are doing to serve you, the people of Minnesota. Check out previous issues below and sign up for ou​r newsletter here.​​​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2024 ​Newsletters

Vol. 2, Issu​e 10, May 14 

In this issue:

  • Become a better rider: Invest in your skills — and your safety — this motorcycle season
  • Arson Awareness Week: H​elp fire officials protect houses of worship
  • Commissioner's corner: National Police Week
  • Featured social media

Vol. 2, Issu​e 9, April 30 

In this issue:

  • Kaleena Burkes: New director of Missing and Murdered Black Women and Girls Office
  • Rediscovering purpose: Finding fulfillment at DPS by serving the community
  • What's a CERT and why should my community have one?
  • Commissioner's corner: May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
  • Featured social media

Vol. 2, Issu​e 8, April 16 

In this issue:

  • State Patrol: Bogojevic named new colonel
  • SFM: Fire deaths on pace to top recent record high
  • ECN: Minnesota's 'first first responders' pick up the phone, make a difference
  • Commissioner's corner: Dispatchers answer millions of calls across Minnesota each year 
  • Featured social media​

Vol. 2, Issu​e 7, April 2 

In this issue:

  • OTS: Protect yourself, your loved ones by parking the phone and paying attention while driving
  • BCA: New electronic process coming soon for processing warrants for searching electronic devices 
  • Commissioner's corner
  • ​​Featured social media​

Vol. 2, Issu​e 6, March 19 

In this issue:

  • HSEM: Be prepared for wildfires thid dry spring
  • OTS: Summer-like driving behavior behind spike in traffic fatalities across Minnesota
  • State Patrol: Buying a vehicle? Project yourself from scams with these recommendations
  • Commissioner's corner: BCA leads task force that protects children from online predators
  • Featured social media

Vol. 2, Issu​e 5, March 5 

In this issue:

  • OTS: Roadside testing pilot project will give experts new data on drugged driving
  • DPS: We expanded services in 2023, making sure you get the help you deserve
  • BCA and State Patrol: Setting a new standard for excellence with accreditation
  • Commissioner's corner: State Patrol travels 17.8 million miles in 2023
  • Featured social media

Vol. 2, Issu​e 4, Feb. 20

In this issue:

  • MMIR: Honor missing and murdered Indigenous relatives each day with new special plate 
  • State Patrol: Thanks for stepping up and saving lives 
  • SFM: Fire investigators try to get to the truth behind the blaze  
  • Commissioner's corner: Col. Langer leaving State Patrol after leading organization for 10 years
  • Featured social media ​

Vol. 2, Issu​e 3, Feb. 6​

In this issue:

  • OTS: Stop arm grant program keeps students safe as they get on and off the bus 
  • BCA: The importance of keeping data secure
  • DVS: Get your teen ready to hit the road, regardless of how they learn
  • Commissioner's corner: Honoring Black history
  • Featured social media

Vol. 2, Issu​e 2, Jan. 23​

In this issue:

  • OTS: ​​Toward Zero Deaths initiative looking at automated vehicles, future of transportation
  • State Patrol: Troopers rush heart to Rochester to save transplant patient’s life
  • DVS: Services revving up at new exam stations
  • Commissioner's corner: Countdown to get to safety in a fire starts at three minutes
  • Featured social media​

Vol. 2, Issu​e 1, Jan. 9​

In this issue:

  • BCA: Work moving forward on expungements tied to cannabis and Clean Slate legislation
  • DVS: Personalize your vehicle with one of nine new special license plates released this year
  • State Patrol: The Minneapolis cougar adventure
  • Commissioner's corner: Recognizing National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
  • Featured social media