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2019 Felony Level Sex Offense Report Now Published to DPS Website

November 30, 2020 (Anchorage, AK) – The 2019 Felony Level Sex Offense (FLSO) report is now published on the Department of Public Safety Website. The FLSO report contains data from state and local agencies and is required reporting in addition to the Uniform Crime Reporting. The document is a major resource for measuring the trend and distribution of felony level sex crimes in Alaska. This is the fifth year that findings from this database have been published. Caution should be exercised in comparing data between Felony Level Sex Offense statistics, Uniform Crime Reporting, and the Alaska Victimization Survey; they are separate data collection efforts with different methodologies in aggregating incidents, offenses, and victims.

Reports of felony level sex offense incidents decreased 10.7% in 2019 compared to 2018, and the number of reported victims decreased 11.1%. Nearly 52% of all reported victims were juveniles. In the reported relationships between the victims and suspects, with victims under the age of 11, less than 2% of the reported relationship involved a stranger. 17% of victims aged 18 and over reported the suspect was a stranger.

“The report shows us that the vast majority of felony level sexual assaults occurring in Alaska are domestic violence incidents,” said Commissioner Amanda Price, Department of Public Safety. “Behind the grim statistics are real victims and survivors trying to overcome their traumatic ordeal to find safety and security in their home and community. Investigating crimes and arresting offenders, while important, is a reactive action and will not solely put a stop to the abuse. The DPS, through its Counsel on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, is dedicated to a proactive effort of providing prevention and public education services while lifting up these individuals to help them gain access to much needed resources in hopes of breaking the devastating cycle of abuse.”

The Intimate Partner Violence-Interactive Data Dashboard (IPV-IDD), an interactive tool providing easier access to data related to intimate partner and domestic violence, can be found on the Counsel on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault’s (CDVSA) website. Also on the website are resources for victims and survivors and information regarding many preventative and public education programs. Though encouraged to do so, victims and survivors do not have to make a report of an incident to law enforcement to access services.
 
  • For immediate response call 911
  • Alaska 2-1-1 -- assistance, referrals, resources
  • Alaska’s CARELINE -- 877-266-4357 
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233  *** 800-787-3224 TTY
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline -- 800-656-HOPE (4673)
  • To report Child Abuse call -- 1-800-478-4444 or online at  ReportChildAbuse@alaska.gov
  • For a listing of all local victim services 24/7 hotlines, go to: https://dps.alaska.gov/CDVSA/Services/VictimServices

The 2019 Felony Level Sex Offense report was authored by DPS’s Division of Statewide Services. The Division of Statewide Services provides technical and specialized services to the other divisions of the Department of Public Safety, local State and Federal Law enforcement, and the public at large. Past Crime in Alaska Reports and Felony Level Sex Offenses reports can be found online here.

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Deaths Amongst Alaskan Adults Over 60 Increases in 2020

November 24, 2020 (Anchorage, AK) – Adults 65 and over are twice as likely to be killed or injured in a fire compared to the rest of the population.  By the time they reach 75, the risk increases to three times and quadruples at age 85. The US Fire Administration reported 379,600 residential building fires in 2018, 50.7% cooking related, 9.4% heating, 7.5% unintentional, and 6.8% electrical.  There were 3,810 fire deaths, 52.5% over the age of 60.

Alaskans are not immune to these statistics.   In 2018, 16% of the reported fire fatalities were over 60 while 19% were reported in 2019.  The numbers increased to 58% in 2020.  The causes of the fires were centered around careless smoking and combustibles too close to a heat source.  

Alaskans can prevent fires by following a few safety tips:

If you smoke-

• Never smoke when you are lying down, drowsy, or in bed. Smoking is the #1 cause of home fires that kill older adults.

• Use large, deep, tip-resistant ashtrays and place them on a flat surface. This will keep ashes from falling onto a nearby area that might burn.

• Wet cigarette butts and ashes before emptying them into the trash.

• Smoke outside, if possible.

• Never smoke near oxygen tanks.

 

If you cook by using the stove-

• Keep an eye on what you fry. Most cooking fires start when someone is frying food.

• Wear short sleeves or roll them up so they don’t catch on fire.

• Move things that can burn away from the stove.

• Don’t cook if you are drowsy from alcohol or medicine.

• Use oven mitts to handle hot pans.

• If a pan of food catches fire, slide a lid over it and turn off the burner.

 

If you use a space heater-

• Keep the heater 3 feet away from anything that can burn, including you.

• Unplug heaters when you aren’t using them, including when you leave your home or go to bed.

• Consider getting heaters that are designed to turn off if they tip over. If you use a fireplace, wood stove, or coal stove.

• Have a professional clean and inspect your fireplace, wood stove, or coal stove once a year. Look in the phone book under “chimney cleaning” to find a professional near you.

• Do not burn green wood, artificial logs, boxes, or trash.

• Use a metal mesh fireplace screen to keep sparks inside.

• If your fireplace has glass doors, leave them open while burning a fire.

 

For more information visit: 

US Fire Administration

National Fire Protection Association

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Wildlife Troopers Patrol Southeast Alaska for Hunting Violations

November 19, 2020 (Anchorage, AK)— From November 4th through the 16th, 11 law enforcement officers from the Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the US Forest Service conducted an enhanced patrol of Ketchikan and the Prince of Wales Island area for hunting violations after receiving citizen complaints and reports from Troopers in the area of illegal hunting practices. Alaska Wildlife Troopers routinely patrol and conduct enhanced operations during the annual Southeast Alaska deer hunt.

Basing operations out of the Alaska Department of Public Safety’s P/V Enforcer, troopers contacted numerous hunters, including several committing violations of Alaska hunting regulations and statutes. Troopers utilized an artificial deer as well as hunting area patrols during this operation. 

“The Alaska Wildlife Troopers take every report of hunting violations seriously and investigate many reports each year from across the state,” said Alaska Wildlife Troopers Captain Aaron Frenzel, Commander of AWT Southern Detachment. “During last year’s hunting season we heard increased concern from Troopers patrolling in the area and fielded citizen reports specifically for hunters illegally spotlight hunting deer and shooting from the roadway in Southeast. This special 12-day operation is a reflection of us listening to the community and appropriately taking action that puts those that are illegally taking game on notice; we are vigilant.” 

While many of the hunters that troopers contacted were following Alaska hunting regulations and statutes, during the enhanced patrol, Alaska Wildlife Troopers performed the following enforcement actions:

  • Seven hunters were cited for taking game with artificial light
  • Three hunters were cited for illuminating deer in Southeast
  • Five hunters were charged with Misconduct involving a Weapon in the Fourth Degree
  • 11 were cited for shooting from a roadway
  • One hunter was cited for having no deer tags
  • Ten hunting rifles were also seized during the operation

Alaska Wildlife Troopers would like to remind Alaska hunters that you can never take a big game animal from a roadway or use artificial light to aid in the taking of a big game animal in Alaska.

Alaskans can report suspected fishing and hunting violations to their nearest Alaska State Troopers post or anonymously to Alaska Fish and Wildlife Safeguard1-800-478-3377.

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