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CDVSA Awards $18 Million to Support Victims of Domestic, Sexual Violence

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA) awarded a total of $18.2 million in community grant awards at its 4th Quarter Meeting Tuesday, with $16.4 million going to Community-Based Victims’ Services Grants. The Victims’ Services Grant program provides critical and immediate emergency services, support, and referrals to individuals and families impacted by domestic and sexual violence, child abuse, and other violent crimes. The remainder of the funds will support sexual assault and domestic violence prevention efforts, as well as batterers intervention programs statewide.
“Community-Based Victim Services play a critical role in ensuring that Alaskans across the state have access to the care and support they need in the aftermath of trauma,” CDVSA Executive Director L. Diane Casto said after the meeting. “These grantees will assist victims in receiving the services they need, support survivors of domestic and sexual violence as they move forward, and increase community capacity to hold offenders accountable for their crimes. I am excited to see the good work that will be done through these community programs.”
The funding awarded represents a nearly 21% increase over last year, and includes several first-time grant recipients. FY19 grant awards will go to (asterisks indicate first-time grant recipients):
  • Alaska Family Services (AFS)
  • Advocates for Victims of Violence (AVV)
  • Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC)
  • Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE)
  • Arctic Women in Crisis (AWIC)
  • Bering Sea Women’s Group (BSWG)
  • Cordova Family Resource Center (CFRC)
  • Emmonak Women’s Shelter (EWS)*
  • Helping Ourselves Prevent Emergencies (HOPE)*
  • Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living (IAC)
  • Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC)
  • Kenaitze Indian Tribe (KIT)*
  • Kodiak Women’s Resource & Crisis Center (KWRCC)
  • The Lee Shore Center (LSC)
  • Maniilaq Family Crisis Center (MFCC)
  • Safe and Fear-Free Environment (SAFE)
  • Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV)
  • Seaview Community Services (SCS)
  • South Peninsula Haven House (SPHH)
  • Stand Together Against Rape (STAR)
  • Tundra Women’s Coalition (TWC)
  • Unalaskans Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence (USAFV)
  • Victims for Justice (VFJ)
  • Working Against Violence for Everyone (WAVE)*
  • Women in Safe Homes (WISH)
“On behalf of the Council, I’d like to thank all of the grant applicants, and congratulate the recipients who received funding today,” Council Chair Rachel Gernat said. “The people of Alaska will be well-served by this year’s grantees, and the services they will provide to victims and communities statewide.”
In addition to the approval of grant awards, the Council agreed to FY19 funding for the UAA Center for Human Development’s DART Program. Disability Abuse Response Teams (DART) are working to improve outcomes for victims of crime with increased vulnerability and a lack of services due to their disability.  An award of $138,034 was approved for the coming year to support underserved victims of violent crimes.
The Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault's mission is to provide safety for Alaskans victimized or impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. The Council is responsible for making sure Alaska has a system of statewide crisis intervention services, perpetrator accountability programs, and prevention services.
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ALET Graduation 1801

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.
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Click It or Ticket High Visibility Enforcement Effort Ends

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers have completed the Annual Memorial Day Weekend Click It or Ticket High Visibility Enforcement Effort which started May 14 and ended June 3.

From 5/14/2017 thru 6/3/2017, troopers conducted the following investigations:

  • 54 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 2 felony DUI Arrest
  • 13 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license.
  • 118 REDDIs reported with 39 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI
  • 78 damage only crashes, 10 injury crashes and 0 fatal collision were investigated by troopers
  • Of the 1600 citations issued, 733 were issued for speeding and 148 were issued for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations

The main focus of the National Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign is to save lives. AST hopes motorists drive safely throughout the High Visibility Enforcement campaign and the rest of the summer.  Wearing seatbelts saves lives and goes a long way to protect all vehicle occupants from being seriously injured or killed.

Please do your part in keeping our roadways safe by not driving impaired. Additionally, don’t hesitate to make a REDDI report any time of the year by calling 911! To learn more about REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) visit

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

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