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Genetic genealogy is a tremendous forensic tool for the Alaska State Troopers to identify both the perpetrators of unsolved homicides and their unidentified victims. As of February 1, 2023, we have used genetic genealogy to help solve four cold cases and to identify three previously unknown victims. We are currently working to identify the remains of nine people and have submitted samples from the remains of 10 unknown people to the Medical Examiner's Office for DNA extraction, with approximately 30 more whose remains may or may not be candidates for DNA identification.
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Three New Regional Public Safety Officers Begin Working in Rural Alaska

June 28, 2024 (Anchorage, AK)— This week three new Regional Public Safety Officers have begun work in Northwest Alaska and Southeast Alaska through the DPS Village Public Safety Officer... Read More

Public Safety Academy Graduates 26 New Law Enforcement Officers

May 24, 2024 (Sitka, AK)— In a graduation ceremony today in Sitka, Alaska 26 new law enforcement officers received their badges after completing the rigorous Alaska Law Enforcement Training... Read More

Chickaloon Tribal Police Department Special Commissions

May 2, 2024 (Anchorage, AK) – Today Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Cockrell released the following statement regarding the issuance of State of Alaska Special... Read More
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