Highway patrol state troopers ensures public safety on Utah streets, roads, and the Interstate freeway systems throughout the state. Duties vary from routine patrol, traffic law enforcement, criminal investigations, motor vehicle assistance, investigating traffic accidents, conducting safety inspections of school buses, assisting local enforcement agencies, protecting the Governor, protecting the Legislature when in session and state properties. A complete detail of the Highway Patrol responsibilities can be found in Chapter 8 of the Utah Criminal and Traffic Code. The Utah Highway Patrol has a long and proud history in which it has contributed to the success of the Great State of Utah. Our mission is to provide professional police and traffic services, and to protect the constitutional rights of all people in Utah.
The Utah Highway Patrol had its beginnings in 1923 when the Legislature authorized the State Road Commission to employ persons to patrol the state highways. In 1926, two men were assigned to patrol the highways part time. Three full time patrolmen were hired in 1928 and uniforms and sidearms were issued. The Highway Patrol was vested with full police powers in 1935 and in 1951 became part of the newly created Utah Department of Public Safety.
The UHP uniform shoulder patch is recognized around the world. The beehive shoulder emblem was first worn in 1947, one hundred years after the first Mormon pioneers arrived in Utah. The Utah territory of which was a organized incorporate territory of the United States existed from September 9, 1850 until January 4, 1896 when the final extent of the territory was admitted to the union as the 45th state. To the Mormons the beehive was a
symbol of industry, organization and self-sufficiency. These same qualities are typical of the troopers who proudly wear the beehive insignia of Utah Highway Patrol.
The badge of State Troopers has a history to our people in time to present. It begins with the native peoples of the valleys, mountains, and deserts of Utah. These areas have been home to native peoples for thousands of years. Today, six arrowheads within six points of the badge recognize six Indian tribes, as official entities. They include the Northwestern Shoshone, the Goshutes, the Paiutes, the Utes, the White Mesa Utes, and the Navajos (Dine`). Tribe members are citizens of Utah and the United States. The center of the badge contains the first Utah territorial seal (Coat of Arms, Sept. 9th) 1850, surrounded by the words of the UTAH HIGHWAY PATROL and the rank of the State Trooper wearing the badge. There are two stars within the ring representing both the Department of Public Safety and the Utah Highway Patrol. A rising sun on the outer circle gives light to each new day of service to our citizens and meaning to the six Utah Highway Patrol values. Each day when a Utah State Trooper
wears the uniform they have six values to guide them. UHP Values: Integrity, Service, Knowledge, Professionalism, Teamwork, and Courage. A description of the UHP values are listed on page four in each issue of the Utah State Trooper magazine. The inter border has often been referred to the Star of David; it represents strength and unity. The outer border represents the sworn oath and commitment to their office. Utah State Troopers share this commitment with all firefighters and law enforcement officers serving our citizens.