The Division of Alaska Wildlife Troopers is made up of five Detachments, each
of which covers a portion of the state. Each Detachment area presents it's own
Detachments' Contact Information
Division headquarters is located in Anchorage and oversees the five
Detachments within the Division, the Wildlife Investigations Unit and the
Department of Public Safety Aircraft and Marine Units. It consists of a Division
Director (Colonel), Deputy Director (Major), Captain, Administrative Assistant,
Secretary and other support staff of the Division of Alaska Wildlife Troopers.
The Alaska Wildlife Troopers has a unit within its ranks dedicated to the
investigation of major resource related crimes. This unit is called the Wildlife
Investigations Unit (WIU) and is composed of a Sergeant and three investigators.
The three main industries investigated by the WIU are commercial fishing, sport
fish guiding and big game guiding. The WIU works in cooperation with various
State and Federal resource agencies targeting Alaska's commercial poachers. They
also support other Alaska Wildlife Troopers in their efforts to apprehend
A Detachment (Southeast Region):
The A Detachment covers the entire mainland and numerous islands of Southeast
Alaska. The Detachment headquarters is located in the State capital of Juneau
and is under the command of a Lieutenant. Sergeants in Ketchikan and Juneau
assist the Detachment Commander in supervising the Southeast Region.
Southeast Alaska encompasses an area from Dixon Entrance on the Southern end
to Icy Bay on the Northern end. The U.S./Canadian border bound it on the East
and the Pacific Ocean on the West. Climatic condition is primarily maritime,
cool in the summers and mild in the winter. Precipitation is predominating
throughout the year.
The environment consists primarily of forested lands and islands, pristine
deep waters, and snow capped mountains. Southeast is home to three of Alaska’s
ten largest cities, Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka. The population of Southeast is
estimated at 73,302 people. Fishing, logging, tourism, and government are the
mainstays of employment.
The detachment has 15 commissioned AWT troopers stationed throughout
Southeast. Posts within the Detachment are located in the communities of:
Klawock, Haines, Hoonah, Juneau, Sitka, Petersburg, Ketchikan and Wrangell. The
Yakutat Post is vacant at this time, but Juneau Wildlife Troopers often monitor
the area during peak resource activities.
Support staff for the region consists of six civilians: Three full-time
Public Safety Technician II’s, one Boat Officer III, one Vessel Technician, one
Administrative Clerk II and seven part-time Public Safety Technician I’s, who
are employed during the busy summer months.
The Wildlife Troopers within the region have an array of medium to small
class vessels to assist in covering this vast area.
(Patrol Vessels of Southeast Alaska):
- P/V ENFORCER 69 foot -Ketchikan
- P/V COMPLIANCE 27 foot - Ketchikan
- P/V MOEN 31 foot - Petersburg
- P/V NOLO CONTENTRE 25 foot- Haines
- P/V (Courage) 33 foot - Sitka
- P/V INTERCEPTOR 27 foot - Klawock
- P/V PROTECTION 27 foot - Wrangell
- P/V SENTRY 31 foot- Juneau
- P/V STIKINE 25 foot- Hoonah
Other patrol equipment include; patrol trucks, ATV’s, snowmachines,
Airboat, PA-18 SuperCub Floats/Wheels, and Cessna 185 on floats/Wheels
Of the 18 commissioned personnel, 15 are assigned full-time field duties;
this equates to approximately 3,866 square miles for each trooper. This is
only a landmass quotient as there are numerous square miles of marine
patrols conducted. Marine patrols are the primary means of patrol in
Southeast. It is estimated that there are 4,000 miles of roadway situated
throughout southeast and this also constitutes a large portion of the patrol
B Detachment (MatSu Region):
The B Detachment covers South-central Alaska, the communities within the
Municipality of Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and Glennallen.
The Detachment headquarters is located in Palmer just Sergeants are also
located in Palmer and Big Lake Posts to assist with the overall supervision
of the detachment. Posts within the detachment are located in the
communities of: Palmer, Anchorage, Big Lake, Glennallen, and Talkeetna.
Currently the detachment has 10 commissioned troopers, three full-time
Public Safety Technician II’s, and two Administrative Clerks.
An array of small skiffs and riverboats, ATV’s, snowmachines, and
aircraft are used to patrol this region. A few remote outpost cabins within
the detachment allow for extended overnight trips in the field.
Due to its abundant resources, population, and road accessibility, this
detachment is challenging for Wildlife Troopers to monitor and it relies
heavily on the public to report violations.
C Detachment (Western Region):
The C Detachment covers the Island of Kodiak, King Salmon, Dillingham, and
the Aleutian Islands. Detachment headquarters is located in Kodiak and under the
command by a Lieutenant, Sergeants in Dutch Harbor, King Salmon, and Kodiak
assist with the overall supervision of this region. Post within the region
include: Dutch Harbor, Kodiak, Dillingham, King Salmon, Iliamna, and Cold Bay
Currently the detachment has 11 commissioned Wildlife Troopers, two Boat
Officer IV, three Boat Officer III’s , two Boat Officer I’s, two Vessel
Technician II’s, Administrative Clerk II and III, and four Public Safety
This detachment has enforcement responsibility for Commercial Fisheries in
Salmon, Herring, Crab, and Groundfish in areas that contain some of the nation's
richest fisheries, such as the Bering Sea Crab fisheries and Bristol Bay Red
Salmon, and in areas that can produce some of the world's most severe weather.
The detachment operates most of the Departments large patrol vessels:
- P/V Stimson 156 foot – Dutch Harbor
- P/V Cama’i 65 foot- Kodiak
- P/V Woldstad 121 foot- Kodiak
- P/V Kvichak 32 foot- King Salmon
A myriad of small watercraft, ATV's, fixed wing aircraft, and R-44
rotorcraft are also needed to meet its enforcement responsibilities.
D Detachment (Northern Region):
The D Detachment covers most of Western Alaska, North of the Alaska
Range, West of the Canadian border to the Arctic Ocean. This region has the
largest landmass within the Division. The Detachment headquarters is located
in Fairbanks and under the command by a Lieutenant, Sergeants in both
Fairbanks and Bethel assist with the overall supervision of this detachment.
Posts within the detachment are located in Fairbanks, Coldfoot, Cantwell,
Bethel, Aniak, McGrath, Nome, Delta, Tok, Galena, and St. Mary’s and
Kotzebue Post are currently vacant.
Currently the detachment has 13 commissioned Wildlife Troopers,
Administrative Clerk III, and one Public Safety Technician II.
Big game hunting, guiding, sport and subsistence hunting and fishing are the
main resource uses in this interior region. Commercial and subsistence fishing
for salmon occurs from the mouths of the Yukon and Kuskokwim upriver into the
interior. These fisheries are a significant source of food and income to the
rural villages within the region.
Due to its remoteness the majority of this region is patrolled with aircraft.
The detachment also has a compliment of riverboats, ATV’s and patrol vehicles.
Almost all the posts in this region are filled with department pilots assigned
to a PA-18 SuperCub or other aircraft.
E Detachment (Kenai-Prince William Sound
The E Detachment headquarters is in Soldotna under the command of a
Lieutenant with Sergeants in Soldotna and Cordova to assist with the overall
supervisor of this region. Post within the region include: Soldotna, Anchor
Point, Seward, Girdwood, Cordova, and Valdez.
Currently the detachment has 13 commissioned Wildlife Troopers,
Administrative Clerk III and II, two Public Safety Technician II’s, four
Seasonal Public Safety Technicians I’s, and a Boat Officer II.
This region boasts of having the first commercial salmon fishery of the
season on the Copper River Flats near Cordova. Also having one of the most
popular sport fish rivers in the nation, the Kenai River, offers world class
King Salmon fishing attracting anglers from around the globe. During the spring
low water tides of Cook Inlet thousands of resource users flock to the mud flats
to harvest Razor Clams.
The coastal posts have medium class patrol vessels assigned to patrol the
commercial and sport fisheries and hunting activities.
- P/V Churchill 44 foot - Cordova P/V Sea Warden 29 foot - Seward
- P/V Bering 29 foot – Valdez P/V Loyalty 25 foot – Whittier
- P/V Augustine 34 foot - Homer
Other skiffs, ATV’s, and aircraft are also used to patrol this region.