Keith D. Squires, Commissioner, Utah Dept. of Public Safety
Keith D. Squires was appointed Commissioner of the Utah Department of Public Safety in June 2013. He is responsible for the state's public safety services with an agency consisting of 1,568 employees, of which 520 are sworn state law enforcement officers. He additionally serves as Governor Herbert's Homeland Security Advisor and has over 26 years of experience in local and state law enforcement in Utah. Squires began his career with the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) as a State Trooper in 1989 after serving three years with city and county police agencies. He credits his time with local government agencies for helping him identify best ways to deliver state services to communities. He has promoted through all ranks of DPS during his career and served throughout the various regions of the state. He has previously served in other key DPS positions, including Deputy Commissioner, Director of the State Bureau of Investigation, Assistant Superintendent of the Utah Highway Patrol and Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Squires was responsible for designing and establishing a state criminal intelligence fusion center for Utah. That fusion center is called the Utah Statewide Information and Analysis Center (SIAC) and began operation in 2008. The SIAC is a statewide cooperative effort between state, local and federal agencies designed to receive, analyze and share information related to criminal activity and countering terrorism. It is one of 77 state and regional fusion centers located throughout the United States that form the National Fusion Center Network and is recognized for its foundational structure and operational effectiveness.
Squires is recognized nationally for his expertise in various law enforcement and homeland security services. He was elected by his peers to serve as the Chairman of the National Governors Association Homeland Security Advisors Council for 2012. He also serves on the National Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (2012-2013 chairman), the President's Director of National Intelligence State, Local, Tribal Partners Advisory Board, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) State and Provincial Intelligence Committee, the eight state Rocky Mountain Information Network Executive Board, chairs the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Executive Board Intelligence Committee, the Utah Emergency Management Administrative Council (Co-Chair) and the Utah Intergovernmental Roundtable (2012 Chairman). He served on the Governor's Commission on Volunteers from 2008 to 2012.
Squires has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a master's degree in Homeland Security and Defense from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. His 2009 masters thesis is titled Critical Accountability: Preventing and Interdicting Terrorist Activity in the U.S. by Effectively Utilizing State and Local Law Enforcement. He is also a co-author of a recently published George Washington University Counterterrorism Intelligence Survey research report titled "Fusion Center Perspectives" through the Homeland Security Policy Institute. Squires is a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 216 in Quantico, VA.
Squires and his wife have five children and six grandchildren and enjoys outdoor activity with family and friends. His favorite activities are hiking, camping, riding ATVs and motorcycles.