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 challenges.
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 serious violators.
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.
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 activities.
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.
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 (Seasonal Posting)
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 Technician II’s.
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:
A myriad of small watercraft, ATV's, fixed wing aircraft, and R-44 rotorcraft are also needed to meet its enforcement responsibilities.
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.
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.
Other skiffs, ATV’s, and aircraft are also used to patrol this region.
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