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In addition to patrolling Utah’s roadways, there are many different career opportunities within the Utah Highway Patrol.

UHP troopers provide professional police services throughout the state.

Motor Squad

UHP’s motor squad conducts traffic safety enforcement throughout the state and participates in special events.

A UHP motor officer aims a lidar detector at oncoming traffic

DUI Squad

UHP’s dedicated DUI squad works  to keep the citizens of Utah safe by aggressively pursuing those who choose to drive under the influence.

UHP troopers walk in front of the BAT mobile, which is wrapped with a message about drunk driving.

Photo credit: KSL.com

K9 Unit

UHP’s K9 officers are all dual purpose, trained in either interdiction or explosive detection as well as patrol.

UHP K9 Hasso is held by Trooper Mackelprang

State Capitol Security

Troopers provide security for the Utah State Capitol Building and its grounds on a daily basis and during special events.

Night time view of the state capitol with trooper cars out front.

Executive Protection

Troopers provide a security detail for the governor year round and for visiting dignitaries as needed.

Members of UHP's executive protection team pose in front of a vehicle in front of the state capitol building.

Commercial Vehicle Safety

Troopers assigned to Section 15 conduct safety inspections on commercial vehicles, including school buses.

Troopers inspect a school bus for safety certification - photo from Herald Extra

Photo credit: Herald Extra

Salt Lake Community College Policing

Troopers in Section 21 provide policing services for Salt Lake Community College campuses. This section includes bicycle patrols.

Two troopers assigned to policing at the Salt Lake Community College ride their bikes through the parking lot

Operation Rio Grande Community Policing

As DPS partners with other law enforcement agencies to return safety and stability to the Rio Grande area of Salt Lake City, troopers conduct both enforcement and outreach activities in the area.

A trooper talks to a person during Operation Rio Grande Community Policing activities

Public Information and Education

UHP has a full-time trooper and sergeant dedicated solely to PI&E and troopers throughout the state participate in educational and outreach activities on a part time basis.

UHP troopers conduct public information and education actives at schools, businesses and special events.

State Bureau of Investigation

The State Bureau of Investigation is the detective division of the Department of Public Safety. Within SBI, there are several different subdivisions that conduct different investigative activities.

Alcohol Enforcement Team

Alcohol Enforcement Team agents conduct both overt and covert operations at retail establishments and special events throughout the state to enforce the state laws and regulations governing the sale and use of alcoholic beverages.

Major Crimes

The Major Crimes section is primarily responsible for investigations involving homicide and violent crime, officer involved critical incidents, sexually motivated crime, complex financial frauds, and identity theft.

UHP Troopers and SBI agents investigate a body found in a suitcase off I 80

Photo credit: Fox13

Narcotics and Highway Interdiction

The DPS Criminal Interdiction Team works to detect serious crimes on Utah highways and develop prosecutable cases against the involved criminals.

Trooper finds bags of drugs hidden in a spare tire

Special Units

Honor Guard (Part Time)

The UHP Honor Guard has been a specialized unit within the patrol for over 20 years. The purpose of the unit is to represent the Utah Highway Patrol at ceremonial functions and exemplify departmental “esprit de corps.”

UHP Honor Guard members standing at ease.

Dive Team (Part Time)

The DPS Dive Team is utilized by agencies across the State of Utah and neighboring states to provide assistance to aquatic homicide investigations and accidental drownings.

Members of the DPS dive team search Lake Powell

Special Emergency Response Team (SERT – Part Time)

The SERT team is utilized for VIP security, during high profile drug buys, serving felony warrants, executing high profile or dangerous search warrants, during hostage or barricaded suspect incidents, during courtroom security on high profile cases, transporting high risk prisoners, and as additional resources during major events such as motorcycle rallies in remote areas of the state.

Members of the SERT team prepare for an operation.

Public Protection Unit (PPU – Part Time)

The Public Protection Unit was created in 2014 so Utah would have a specially equipped and well-trained team that would be able to handle situations with thorough training, understanding and minimum use of force.

Members of the PPU in Salt Lake City at night

Aero Bureau

The pilots and tactical flight officers who comprise the DPS Aero Bureau  provide invaluable and lifesaving assistance to individuals, law enforcement and state agencies.

Pilots and tactical flight officers participate in hoist training with the DPS helicopter


If you have any questions about career opportunities within UHP, or just about how to join UHP, contact one of our recruiters.


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