Commissioner of Public Safety

Kevin W. Techau
Kevin W. Techau was appointed Commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety by Governor Tom Vilsack in February 2002. He is the 19th person to serve as the Commissioner of Public Safety since its inception in 1939. Prior to this appointment, Techau served as the Director of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. He had also served as an assistant Federal Public Defender and had been in private practice with the Grefe and Sidney firm in Des Moines.

Commissioner Techau is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Business and the University's College of Law. After graduation, he spent seven years on active duty with the United States Air Force including two tours in Europe. Since leaving active duty, Techau has served with the Iowa Air National Guard where he is currently a Lieutenant Colonel with the 132nd Fighter Wing, Des Moines after having previously served with the 185th Fighter Wing Sioux City, IA.


Executive Assistant
Larry Sauer began his career with the Department of Public Safety in 1977 as a Trooper in the Iowa State Patrol. As a Trooper, he was a member of the first technical accident investigators class, assisted with EMS instruction and was a defensive tactics instructor.

In 1989, he transferred to the Division of Criminal Investigation where he worked in both the General Criminal and Intelligence units in Zone 2. In 1997, Sauer became the Assistant Director of the Internal Affairs Bureau, now known as the Professional Standards Bureau. In January of 2000, he was promoted to Special Agent In-Charge and became the Director of the Internal Affairs Bureau. Sauer remained in this position until appointment to Executive Assistant in July of 2001.
Legislative Liaison  
Betsy Dittemore began her career with the Department of Public Safety in September 1987, when she assumed a temporary position, followed by a permanent position, as Administrative Assistant with the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau. Prior to that time she had been Assistant Personnel Director at FDL Foods in Dubuque, Iowa.

She was promoted to the position of Personnel Assistant with the Department in spring of 1988. In October of 1988 she was chosen to serve as the Department's Legislative Liaison and has served in this position during the past fourteen legislative sessions.

The Commissioner's Office is comprised of four bureaus. They are the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau, the Intelligence Bureau, the Intergovernmental and Public Resource Development Bureau, and the Professional Responsibility Bureau.


Intelligence Bureau

The Intelligence Bureau provides training and assistance to law enforcement agencies
The Intelligence Bureau provides support to all enforcement divisions of the Department of Public Safety as well as to all other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in Iowa. The Intelligence Bureau also serves as a point of contact in Iowa for law enforcement agencies from other states.
The type of support provided to consumers varies with the nature of the request. Requests may involve helping to positively identify particular individuals when given incomplete information, or it might be as complicated as taking thousands of information items and organizing them in such a way that they make sense. In essence, the personnel of the Intelligence Bureau research, manage, and analyze information. They help free-up some of the investigator's time so he or she a can continue to focus on the case at hand, while the Intelligence Bureau handles some of the time consuming analysis of information already gathered. Intelligence Bureau employees use a methodical process to produce
intelligence information, which assists law enforcement in the areas of criminal investigation, enforcement of the law and the development of crime control policy. Services provided to the law enforcement community include the information and analytical services provided by Intelligence Bureau personnel; the collection, networking, and dissemination capabilities of The Iowa Law Enforcement Intelligence Network (LEIN); and the support provided by the Counter-Drug Support Program of the Iowa National Guard.


Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau

The Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) is responsible for administering federally funded highway safety programs in Iowa. The Bureau's primary goal is the reduction of death and injury on the state's streets and highways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a branch of the United States Department of Transportation, administers grant funds, which the GTSB applies for. Funds from successful grant applications are distributed to agencies within Iowa for special projects involving many facets of traffic safety, including occupant protection, alcohol, child passenger safety, traffic records, and general highway safety. Nine priority funding areas have been established: alcohol/impaired driving, occupant protection, speed, serious moving violations (police traffic services),
roadway safety, motorcycle safety, pedestrian/bicycle safety, emergency medical services and traffic records. During the past five years, the Bureau has funded activities in all nine of these areas with current funding in eight of the nine emphasis areas.

While all 50 states receive basic highway safety funds, all other funding sources are available on a competitive basis. For example, Iowa qualifies for occupant protection monies because our statewide seat belt use rate of 81% is above the national average of 73%.

Altogether, the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau administers over $4 million in highway safety funds. The Bureau partners with over 200 local law enforcement agencies and the Iowa State Patrol including police departments and sheriffs offices in 84 of Iowa's 99 counties as well as public safety departments at each of our state universities. The Bureau provides judicial training and counsel through the Iowa Attorney General's Office, prosecuting Attorney Training Coordinator and the State Court Administrator's Office. Significant highway safety activities are conducted with the Iowa Department of Public Health (traffic records, EMS, child passenger issues), and the Iowa Department of Transportation's Motor Vehicle Division and Office of Traffic and Safety (traffic records and roadway safety).

While the Bureau is only one part of the overall traffic safety effort in the state, several significant accomplishments were achieved during the past year. In September/October of 2001, a statewide safety belt usage survey reflected overall usage at an all-time high of 81%, up three percent from the previous year. This rate places Iowa in the top 10 states nationally and number one among the states in NHTSA Region 7. Twenty-eighty percent of Iowa's traffic fatalities last year were alcohol-related. This was the second lowest alcohol-related fatality rate in the nation. For the first time in history, Iowa achieved an overall traffic fatality rate of less than 1.5 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. While more clearly remains to be done in the area of traffic safety, the Bureau is nonetheless proud of these accomplishments.


Professional Responsibility Bureau

In July of 2001, the Professional Development Bureau and the Professional Responsibility Bureau were combined, and retained the name Professional Responsibility Bureau (PRB). The PRB is responsible for hiring and training, as well as recognition and discipline for the Department of Public Safety.

In addition to the departmental in-serve training, the PRB is responsible for the peace officer applicant process and the Basic Training Academy. It also administers the physical fitness program, coordinates supervisor training in management and leadership, conducts promotional testing, and recruits potential employees.

The Bureau is responsible for coordinating standardized in-serve training to all sworn members of the department. The Bureau also tracks all training given and received by peace officers members of the Department, as well as some training provided to civilian members of the Department.

The Department of Public Safety takes pride in the integrity and professionalism of its employees. Any allegation of employee conduct is taken seriously. The PRB is responsible for conducting thorough investigation of all allegations of employee misconduct. Members of the PRB handle complaints by conducting fair, complete and impartial investigations of employee misconduct lodged by employees, or by the public. In Fiscal Year 2002, there werea 59 formal complaints, representing 146 allegations, filed with the PRB. Of those allegations, 36 were sustained, 28 unsustained, and 43 were unfounded. Of those remaining, 12 were closed administratively, and 27 are pending.

The Department values the contributions that its members provide on a daily basis to the state. From ensuring the safety of Iowan through enforcement of motor vehicle laws and fire safety laws, to investigating crimes and ensuring the proper expenditure of funds, DPS employees are dedicated and take pride in their work. The PRB is responsible for recognizing those employees that excel in the performance of their duties. In addition, this Bureau prepares the monthly employee newsletter, the Communicator, as well as the Department's annual report

.The Professional Responsibility Bureau is comprised of the Bureau Chief, three uniformed officers, two investigations officers, and three support personnel.


Intergovernmental & Public Resource Development Bureau

The Intergovernmental and Public Resources Development Bureau, was created in 2000 to coordinate and facilitate the functions of public resource development, strategic planning, and rulemaking, as well as grant proposal preparation and monitoring, the Intergovernmental and Public Resources Development Bureau is also responsible for the maintenance of the Department's World Wide Web Site. The three person Bureau, works at developing and maintaining effective communication within the Department, coordinating the Department's Administrative Rules, seeking private source foundation and federal grant monies, overseeing departmental media relations and public information, and coordinating departmental strategic planning.

Created October 1, 2002 BAL

The Department holds ceremonies to recognize employees for the work that they have done.