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Commissioner Price Announces New Fire Marshal, AST Colonel

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – Department of Public Safety Commissioner Amanda Price today announced new director-level appointments as she continues building out the DPS Leadership Team. Richard Boothby has been hired as the Alaska State Fire Marshal and Director of the Division of Fire and Life Safety (DF&LS), replacing David Tyler, who retired at the end of 2018. Captain Barry Wilson has been appointed to serve as Colonel and Director of the Division of the Alaska State Troopers.
 
“Richard’s previous experience with DPS, wealth of expertise on fire protection issues, and deep connections throughout the state will make him an incredible asset to DPS and DF&LS; Barry is effectively placed as Director and Colonel, with a vast knowledge of challenges specific to rural communities, extensive command experience, and a deep understanding of the public safety challenges facing Alaskans.” Commissioner Price said. “I am pleased to have both of them joining our leadership team and continuing the critical work of keeping Alaskans safe.”
 
Mr. Boothby has a long and distinguished career in fire protection and returns to DPS from serving as the Fire Chief for the Willow/Caswell Fire Department, a position he has held since 2017. Mr. Boothby began his fire career in 1983, when he joined the Summit South Hill Fire Department in Washington State. After relocating to Alaska, he joined the Wasilla Fire Department (now the Central Mat-Su Fire Department) in 1987, DPS in 2005 as a plan reviewer in the State Fire Marshal’s Office, and in late 2006 transferred back to the Central Mat-Su Fire Department as a Fire Code Official/Battalion Chief, remaining in that role until 2017.
 

Captain Wilson promotes to Colonel after nearly eight years as Commander of AST’s C Detachment, which encompasses Western Alaska and the Aleutians. Captain Wilson was raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and joined AST in 1990, beginning a nearly three-decade career in law enforcement. During his time with AST, Captain Wilson rose to the rank of Captain, and also served as an Investigator and Coordinator of the Search and Rescue Office, before transferring to C Detachment in 2011. Captain Wilson will be an integral part of work to improve morale, expand training, and develop strategic planning to make certain effective staffing is available throughout Alaska.
 
Mr. Boothby and Captain Wilson began their new positions today.

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Troopers Conclude Holiday High Visibility Enforcement Efforts

January 2, 2019, ANCHORAGE, Alaska – From 12/13/2018 through 1/1/2019, Troopers made the following contacts:
 
  • 39 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 0 felony DUI Arrests
  • 13 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license.
  • 64 REDDIs reported with 15 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI
  • 212 damage only crashes, 18 injury crashes, & 2 fatal collisions were investigated by troopers
  • Of the 754 citations issued, 253 were issued for speeding and 12 issued for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations.
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UPDATE: December 26, 2018, ANCHORAGE, Alaska – From 12/13/2018 thru 12/26/2018, Troopers made the following contacts:
 
  • 18 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 0 felony DUI Arrests
  • 5 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license
  • 37 REDDIs reported with 9 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI
  • 137 damage only crashes 13 injury crashes and 2 fatal collisions were investigated by troopers
  • Of the 428 citations issued, 148 were issued for speeding and 7 issued for seatbelt or other occupant   restraint violations
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Original Release: December 13, 2018 ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The snow is falling, lights are brightening up neighborhoods and holiday parties are in full swing! For those of you that have to traverse our highways to get to and from your holly jolly good time, we would like to encourage you to make a plan to get home safely. To help remind you to not drive impaired, the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers will be conducting a high visibility enforcement effort, starting today and running into the early morning hours of Jan. 1 of the new year.
 
The Department of Public Safety recognizes that alcohol is a part of many festivities this time of year. If you plan on partaking, don’t drive. Please have a plan in place to not drive impaired. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign is done annually around the holidays to encourage the motoring public to keep safety in mind and to prevent this time of year from turning tragic.
 
The focused enforcement by the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers over the holiday is intended to prevent major injury and fatality crashes through enhanced enforcement. While the troopers are out to curb DUIs, they will also be on the lookout for additional driver behaviors that often contribute to fatal crashes, such as speeding and driving too fast for conditions.
 
Please do your part in keeping our roadways safe by not driving impaired. Additionally, don’t hesitate to make a REDDI report by calling 911 (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately). visit http://www.dot.alaska.gov/stwdplng/hwysafety/REDDI.shtml
 

Funding for the High Visibility Enforcement Campaign was funded by grants distributed by the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

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Troopers Find Stolen Firearms while Recovering Stolen Vehicles

December 12, 2018 PALMER, Alaska – On Dec. 10, 2018, at approximately 8:00 in the morning, the Alaska State Troopers’ Palmer Criminal Suppression Unit (CSU), AST’s Palmer Patrol, and the Alaska Wildlife Troopers responded to Bodenburg Loop in Palmer for a stolen snowmachine recovery. While recovering the stolen snowmachine, Troopers located additional stolen property, to include an ATV, five stolen firearms and 15 other firearms that are suspected to be stolen property. Jessica Krieger, 35 of Palmer, was arrested and charged with five counts of Theft in the Second Degree. Troopers also located Trevor Bernard, 28 of Anchorage, who had two Misconduct Involving a Weapon in the Third Degree warrants for his arrest. 
 
Both Krieger and Bernard were transported and remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial. Investigation into the 15 suspected firearms and the stolen ATV and snow machine is ongoing.
 
“This case is an excellent example of the ongoing cooperation amongst law enforcement agencies to address property crime, particularly in the Mat-Su Valley,” AST Acting Director Major Andrew Greenstreet said. “I look forward to seeing these partnerships continue, and the results that cross-agency engagement brings for the people of Alaska.”
 
During the investigation, AST had assistance from the Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation.

A photo of the recovered fire arms can be found at https://dps.alaska.gov/getmedia/07215fe6-8334-4106-b0ce-17b6ec41b327/guns-CSU-case-2018

The case number for this incident is AK18087002.
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