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St. Patrick’s Day Enforcement Effort

Have a Shamrockin’ Good Time!

ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – We don’t have to tell you St. Patrick’s Day is Saturday. We know a whole bunch of Alaskans are ready for the festivities to kick off and we hope you have a great time! However, the Alaska State Troopers would like to also take this opportunity to encourage everyone to make a plan ahead of time to get home safely. It is no secret that alcohol will be consumed as a part of many celebrations. If you do consume alcohol, have a plan in place to make sure you will not be behind the wheel of a vehicle. Have a sober friend on standby or arrange to stay the night in a safe location.
Alaska State Troopers will be conducting a High Visibility Enforcement effort to coincide with the celebrations. During the HVE effort, Troopers will be watching out for more than driver’s exhibiting signs of impaired driving. We will also be on the lookout for speeding, reckless driving, failure to wear seatbelts or use child safety restraints, among other driving violations.
Troopers encourage you to practice safe driving behaviors when getting behind the wheel. Troopers also encourage everyone to Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately by calling 9-1-1.
Funding for the focused highway enforcement was provided in part by grant sources distributed through the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

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Recruitment/Retention Plan Overview and Employee Engagement Survey

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska)—The Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS) is in a very challenging time, a pivotal juncture of personnel challenges combined with a growing demand for public safety services. To aggravate this, the state’s fiscal situation has reduced funding for department programs and services. For years, DPS has been asked to do "more with less," resulting in a department that is now stretched a mile wide and an inch deep. Forty-five of the 389 commissioned trooper positions are vacant, yet, if we filled those positions today, it would put DPS over budget. Current funding levels would neither permit filling of the vacancies nor allow delivery of the service that Alaskans expect.

In the Fall 2017, DPS undertook an effort to assess the morale of its personnel and the overall health of the agency through an internal survey. The survey involved commissioned troopers within the ranks of DPS and showed that while most troopers are proud of the department, morale has been impacted by several challenges: inadequate staffing, lack of training, wage disparity, and lack of a defined benefit retirement package, among others. These factors make it clear why DPS is having difficulty filling the vacancies, and the department is looking at innovative strategies to overcome these challenges—steps that must be taken if DPS is going regain its health.

Most of the problems identified in the survey were external in nature, making it clear that the department’s ability to fulfill its mission hinges on adequate funding from the legislature. Significant efforts from lawmakers are therefore needed for the department's plans to be effective over the next five years.

AST belongs to the citizens of Alaska. As such, DPS has an obligation to educate the public on the challenges we face. DPS has put together a Recruitment and Retention plan to address the issues presented over the next five years. Both the survey and the plan overview can be found on the Alaska State Trooper homepage.
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Operation Frostbite SOR Compliancy Check

During late January, the temperatures in Fairbanks fluctuated anywhere from the single-digits all the way down to mid-30s below zero. Life doesn’t stop moving because it’s cold. Kids still go to school, adults go to their jobs and some people commit crimes. In some cases, crimes that are committed are not easily noticed so law enforcement has to be proactive in seeking out violations of the law.

Operation Frostbite, which was very aptly named considering the Fairbanks temperatures, was one such proactive endeavor. It involved 17 different law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Fairbanks Police Department, Alaska State Troopers, the Alaska Department of Corrections-Fairbanks Adult Probation & Parole, U.S. Probation and Pretrial and the Alaska Sex Offender Registry.

Between Jan. 29 and Feb. 1, 2018, the various law enforcement agencies collaborated to conduct sex offender compliance checks, probation home visits and interviews. The intent of Operation Frostbite was to verify that all of Fairbanks and North Pole’s sex offenders were living where they reported and to arrest anyone non-compliant or a fugitive for failing to register.

The sex offender registry in Alaska currently contains 3,473 entries. Keeping track of that many people is a tall order but the Alaska State Troopers are dedicated to continued cooperative efforts with local and federal partners like the U.S. Marshal Service to keep all convicted sex offenders current with their registration requirements while living within Alaska.

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The sex offender registry for Alaska is found online at:

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