Mission Statement

It is the mission of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety to keep South Dakota a safe place in which to live, work, visit and raise a family.

The Department of Public Safety will promote this mission by:

  • Coordinating and communicating Homeland security plans and procedures to state, local, tribal and federal governments.
  • Communicating appropriate Homeland security measures to our citizens, businesses, schools and the media.
  • Providing law enforcement, commercial vehicle regulation and highway traffic safety services.
  • Providing public safety communication services.
  • Compiling and analyzing motor vehicle crash data.
  • Developing and integrating all hazard emergency plans and response exercises.
  • Assisting state, local, tribal and federal governments with efforts to mitigate natural disasters before they occur.
  • Assisting fire departments with fire training, investigation, public education, fire prevention and code compliance.
  • Training and certifying/licensing public and private emergency medical response providers and personnel.
  • Testing, licensing and regulating commercial and non-commercial drivers.
  • Providing state inspection/weight and measure services for businesses and consumers.