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Public Safety Training Academy to Graduate 37 Law Enforcement Officers

SITKA, Alaska – A class of 37 law enforcement officers will graduate from the Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka, Friday November 16, 2018. 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. 1802. The Alaska State Troopers will stream the ceremony Live on Facebook.
 
ALET Session 1802 Graduates:
 
  • Kristen Benge, Alaska State Troopers
  • Mathieu Benoit, Alaska State Troopers
  • Dean Cavanaugh, CCTH VPSO
  • Eligio Contreas, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
  • Calvin Culverwell, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
  • Richmond Dorris, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
  • Rachel Eytalis, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
  • Kyle Feuge, Alaska State Troopers
  • Michael Forcier, Alaska Wildlife Troopers
  • Jordon Goss, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
  • John Green, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
  • Alfredo Guzman, Alaska State Troopers
  • Benjamin Hager, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
  • Cassandra Hajicek, Alaska Wildlife Troopers
  • Patrick Hargis, Alaska State Troopers
  • Peter Heid, Alaska Wildlife Troopers
  • Sonya Hood, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
  • Jojo Inaldo, Kodiak Police Department
  • Adam Jackson, Alaska State Troopers
  • Vincent Kowalski, Ketchikan Police
  • Brian LeMay, Alaska State Troopers
  • Kenton Mayfield, Alaska State Troopers
  • Harrison McKenney, Alaska State Troopers
  • Cordell Murray, Nome Police
  • Kaelen Paulson, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
  • Emma Smith, North Slope Borough Police
  • Joshua Spann, Alaska Wildlife Troopers
  • Gavin Strahan, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
  • Charles Strickland, Alaska State Troopers
  • Coby Sutton, Alaska State Troopers
  • Scout Sutton, Alaska State Troopers
  • Samuel Thorvilson, Alaska State Troopers
  • Heidi Venie, Alaska State Troopers
  • Coby Webb, Alaska State Troopers
  • Brett Welborn, Fairbanks Police
  • Lorena Williams, Yakutat Police Department
  • Kathryne Wolski, Kodiak Area Native Association VPSO

“These graduates have demonstrated loyalty, integrity, and commitment,” Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan said. “I congratulate each of 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 1,042 hours of training during the 16-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. Nearly 25% of the graduating class are female.
 
Following graduation, the 19 Trooper recruits will continue their training at the academy for an additional two weeks. The “Trooper Basic” training includes tailored and advanced training in fish and wildlife investigations, boating safety, survival, commercial fisheries enforcement, search and rescue, and critical stress management. 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.

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Halloween Traffic Enforcement 2018 Update

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska State Troopers completed its special DUI overtime enforcement patrols for the Halloween weekend. 
 
From 10/31/2018 through 11/1/2018 Alaska State Troopers had the following contacts:
 
- 5 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 1 felony DUI Arrests
 
- 1 driver charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license.
 
- 7 REDDIs reported with 0 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI
 
- 10 damage only crashes 2 injury crashes and 0 fatal collision were investigated by troopers
- Of the 30 citations issued, 7 were issued for speeding and 1 issued for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations

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Report Highlights Major Progress Addressing Untested Sexual Assault Kits

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Department of Public Safety today released its annual report to the Legislature on the status of testing sexual assault kits (SAKs) from across the state of Alaska. The report shows significant progress in addressing the backlog of unsubmitted, untested SAKs and highlights ongoing, long-term work at the state Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory to test kits – including the creation of a Sexual Assault Team (SAT) to prioritize those cases and increase output. DPS also unveiled a new website, dps.alaska.gov/saks, where progress on testing can be tracked through quarterly updates.
 
“Survivors of sexual assault deserve justice, and our ongoing efforts to test kits are a critical component in ensuring that victims receive that justice,” Commissioner Walt Monegan said. “DPS has made great strides to address the backlog of untested, unsubmitted SAKs; with the creation of the SAK website and SAT, we are doubling down on our commitment to secure justice for victims. They deserve no less.”
 
The annual report, required by HB 31, contains the inventory of previously unsubmitted, untested SAKs held by all 48 police departments in Alaska. In 2017, the inventory found 2,979 previously unsubmitted, untested victim kits; in 2018, that number is down to 2,568. The Crime Lab anticipates testing through all the kits will take 3-4 years due to the size of the inventory, limited number of qualified labs, and high demand for SAK analysis service. In addition, the Crime Lab’s Forensic Biology Unit has divided into a Major/Property Crimes Team and the SAT. The division will allow the Lab to prioritize sexual assault cases while still conducting DNA analysis on major crimes without delay.
 
The Crime Lab’s work on sexual assault kit testing is funded from two sources. Over the course of 2016 and 2017, DPS was the recipient of a $1.5 million in federal Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grants that will conclude in 2020. That funding goes to support the testing and investigation of previously unsubmitted, untested kits from Alaska State Troopers (AST) cases. All 577 viable AST kits have been submitted for analysis; results have been received for 340, and the remaining results are expected to be received by March of 2019. Earlier this year, the Legislature allocated $2.75 million in capital money to DPS to test kits from the other 47 police agencies across the state. In both cases, the Crime Lab is using the funds to have the kits tested as quickly as possible by a private lab, with results returned back to Alaska for analysis and potential entry into CODIS.
 
“The Crime Lab’s progress on addressing sexual assault kits is remarkable, and I applaud the team here for working so diligently and deliberately to continue improving our outcomes,” Crime Lab Chief Orin Dym said. “As the efforts to address the previously unsubmitted, untested SAKs persist, I encourage Alaskans to explore the new website, and return to it on a regular basis to learn more about our progress.”
 
Attached:            Report to Legislature
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