Public Protection Unit
In 2014, Commissioner Keith D. Squires directed the establishment of the DPS Public Protection Unit (PPU). Concerned with the increasing incidences of violent protests around the country, he wanted the state to have a specially equipped and well-trained team that would be able to handle situations with thorough training, understanding and minimum use of force.
The 34 officer team is comprised of Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) Troopers and DPS State Bureau of Investigation agents. Initial training is received through a U.S. Department of Homeland Security course in Anniston, Alabama and is followed by monthly training through DPS.