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June 7, 2018
DPS PR# 18-025

Public Safety Training Academy to Graduate 27 Law Enforcement Officers

Class includes seven State Troopers, one Wildlife Trooper, six Village Public Safety Officers

SITKA, Alaska – A class of 27 law enforcement officers will graduate from the Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka tomorrow. The graduation ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m. at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Tribal Community House, and officially concludes Alaska Law Enforcement Training (ALET) Session No. 1801. The Alaska State Troopers will stream the ceremony Live on Facebook.

ALET Session 1801 Graduates:
Trenton Buyse, Alaska State Troopers Colin Nemec, Alaska Wildlife Troopers
Robert Cheek, Wasilla Police Joseph Paden, Juneau Police
Ty Corbridge, Alaska State Troopers Mattie Rielly, Juneau Police
Michael Fullerton, Alaska State Troopers Jillian Roberts, Fire Marshal
Ryan Hellman, Northwest Arctic Borough VPSO Damon Roher, Wrangell Police
Ryan Helmecy, Kodiak Area Native Association VPSO Ronald Shriver, Juneau Police
Kevin Kelson, North Slope Borough Police Darren Smith, Wasilla Police
James Kurth, Alaska State Troopers Justin Stein, Nome Police
Justin Lantier-Novelli, Northwest Arctic Borough VPSO Cody Taylor, Fairbanks Airport Police & Fire
Hoang Le, Nome Police Robert Teeling, Alaska State Troopers
Austin McKeehan, Metlakatla Police Benjamin Turner, Alaska State Troopers
Anthony Mondelli, Fairbanks Police Hank Uttereyuk, Association of Village Council Presidents VPSO
Brandon Murphy, Northwest Arctic Borough VPSO Sadie Warbelow, Tanana Chiefs Conference VPSO
  Jason Young, Alaska State Troopers
“These graduates have demonstrated integrity, loyalty, and commitment,” Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan said. “I congratulate them on their success, and welcome them to Alaska’s law enforcement family. The people of this state will be well-protected through their service.”
Law enforcement students from around the state went through 1,009 hours of training during the 15-week basic ALET. The training incorporates intensive instruction in law enforcement-related topics, physical fitness, and scenario-based exercises – all designed to prepare entry-level police officers, village public safety officers, and Troopers for a successful career in law enforcement.
Following graduation, the eight Trooper recruits will continue their training at the academy for an additional three weeks. The “Trooper Basic” training includes tailored and advanced training in fish and wildlife investigations, boating safety, survival, commercial fisheries enforcement, critical stress management, shotgun training, and search and rescue. Recruits also participate in additional scenario-based trainings.
Upon completion of Trooper Basic, recruits will move towards their first duty assignments in either Fairbanks, Soldotna, or the Mat-Su Valley, and begin a 12-week Field Training and Evaluation Program. All Trooper recruits are expected to develop to the point of being able to perform all law enforcement functions independently. If successful, the Trooper recruits will be promoted to the rank of Trooper upon completion of their probationary period, generally 12 months from the start of the academy.