About the Arizona Department of Public Safety:
Pursuant to legislation in 1968, the Arizona Department of Public Safety was
established by the executive order of Governor Jack Williams on July 1, 1969. This mandate consolidated 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 30-plus years of sustained progress and service, the Department has
accepted many additional responsibilities and has become a multi-faceted organization dedicated to protecting and providing
state-level law enforcement services to the public while developing and maintaining close partnerships with other agencies
sharing similar missions.
The Department consists of four divisions - Highway Patrol, Criminal Investigations,
Agency Support and Criminal Justice Support. Together these four divisions provide an immense and extensive range of vital
scientific, technical, operational and regulatory services to Arizona residents and to the state's criminal justice community.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety, with state headquarters in Phoenix, has offices located in more than 30 communities
within Arizona's 15 counties.