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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Alaska State Troopers Launch Online Reporting Statewide
June 10, 2022 (Anchorage, AK)— The Alaska State Troopers have launched a new crime reporting system that will allow Alaskans to submit information about certain crimes securely online. The new system, which is available today, is intended for certain non-emergency incidents and situations where the suspect is not known and the crime was not witnessed. While the new online reporting system may be expanded, reports for fraud, harassing phone calls, shoplifting, theft, trespassing, and vandalism/criminal mischief are currently being accepted.
Online police reporting systems are used across the state and nation to give citizens a different path to report certain crimes to law enforcement, saving both the agency and the citizen time and resources. Before this convenient reporting option, Alaskans were forced to call a non-emergency phone number or physically go to an Alaska State Trooper post to file a police report.
"This new reporting option for Alaskans will not only free up our Troopers to respond to more calls for service but will also allow for a convenient option whenever someone may be hesitant to call or drive to a post to inform us of crime that is impacting their life," said Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Cockrell. "Your Alaska State Troopers are committed to doing our part to address all levels of crime that occur within our state and holding anyone that victimizes Alaskans accountable."
After a report is filed through the new system, each report is reviewed for accuracy and any needed follow-up by Alaska State Trooper professional staff members. Once the report has been reviewed and accepted, the reporter will receive an email acknowledging receipt of the report, and a second email when the report has been reviewed and accepted. This second email will contain a copy of the incident report number that can be used for insurance purposes or their personal records. The new system will be available within the Alaska State Troopers area of responsibility, and crimes occurring in an area patrolled by a local police department should still be reported directly to them.
Alaskans interested in using this option to report a crime can find more information online at: https://dps.alaska.gov/crimereport
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