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Public Safety Academy to Graduate 45 New Law Enforcement Officers

June 25, 2022 (Sitka, AK)— In a graduation ceremony in Sitka 45 new law enforcement officers received their badges today. The ceremony was closed to the public, but those that are interested can watch a video recording on the Alaska State Troopers Facebook page.
 
“Congratulations to the first class of 2022 graduating from the Alaska Law Enforcement Training Academy,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy. “Serving Alaskans through public safety is honorable work. I appreciate these motivated individuals who want to make Alaska a safer and better place to live.”
 
Graduating recruits completed more than 1,000 hours of training over the course of 17 weeks of basic Alaska Law Enforcement Training. Schooling included intensive instruction in law enforcement-related topics, physical fitness, and many scenario-based exercises designed to prepare entry-level police officers and Troopers for successful careers in Alaska law enforcement.
 
“These recruits should be proud of the work they have done to make it through this intensive training,” said Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Cockrell. “The Alaska Law Enforcement Training Academy produces some of the finest law enforcement officers in the nation. Officers from this class will be joining a proud tradition of service that protects Alaskans across our great state.”

Following graduation, the 20 Trooper recruits will continue their training at the academy for an additional week. 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 toward 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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Alaska State Troopers Announce New Statewide Alerts System

June 21, 2022 (Anchorage, AK)— The Alaska State Troopers will begin using a new statewide alerting platform beginning July 1, 2022, to alert Alaskans to timely information regarding Alaska State Troopers operations in their area. The new tool will allow Alaskans to subscribe to email and SMS alerts initiated from the Alaska State Troopers. The Alaska State Trooper’s current Nixle based alerting capabilities will be ended on June 30, 2022, as the new system comes online.

Alaskans can self-subscribe for alerts from Troopers by region, and include the Mat-Su Valley, Interior, Kenai Peninsula, Southeast, Kodiak, and Western Alaska. Alaskans can also subscribe to receive statewide missing persons bulletins whenever one is issued by the Alaska Missing Persons Clearinghouse. This new system will provide alerts related to significant law enforcement activity in an area, evacuation information, missing persons bulletins, suspect information, and other timely alerts.

"While Nixle was a great partner for DPS over the last several years, our new alerting tool will provide us greater flexibility and capabilities and allow for growth into the future," said Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Cockrell. "We are committed to providing Alaskans with timely information about our operations in their communities, and this new alerting tool will help us continue to meet that goal." 

The new alerting tool will join the state’s 511 system for road closures and traveler information, and the AKTips anonymous crime tip tool for submitting anonymous crime tips to law enforcement. The State of Alaska will continue to use the Amber Alert and Silver Alert systems as part of our partnership with the Alaska Broadcasters Association and Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Alaskans interested in signing up for alerts through the new DPS alerts tool can do so online at:  https://alerts.dps.alaska.gov/subscribe. If Alaskans are currently subscribed to Nixle alerts they will need to sign up for the new alerts system to continue to receive alerts after July 1. 

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Special Memorial Day Traffic Enforcement Complete

June 10, 2022 (Anchorage, AK) – Over the multi-week special enforcement period coinciding with the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Alaska State Troopers and Wildlife Troopers issued 1149 citations and investigated 91 collisions, including two fatalities across Alaska’s roadways.
 
The focused traffic enforcement patrols ran on May 16 through June 6, 2022.
 
Alaska State Trooper and Wildlife Trooper contacts during the enforcement period include the following:
  • 21 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 2 felony DUI Arrests
  • 29 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license.
  • 30 REDDIs reported with 19 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI
  • 69 damage only crashes 20 injury crashes and 2 fatal collisions were investigated by troopers
  • Of the 1149 citations issued, 709 were issued for speeding and 98 issued for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations.
 
Funding for this increased traffic enforcement effort came from a grant issued through the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

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