Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some frequently asked questions about the VPSO program.
Village Public Safety Officers are dedicated public safety professionals who provide community policing, rural fire protection, safety education, law enforcement services, emergency medical services, and search and rescue coordination in rural Alaskan communities. A VPSO often serves in a community as the only public safety official and is generally the first responder on calls for service and assistance in their communities.
A VPSO is employed by a nonprofit regional corporation, Alaska Native organization or municipality. For more information on the VPSO employers, go here
No, however law enforcement oversight is provided by the Alaska State Troopers. A VPSO works for the nonprofit regional corporation, Alaska Native organization or municipality which employs them.
A VPSO is required to attend the 16 week Alaska Law Enforcement Training held at the DPS Training academy in Sitka, and an additional 2 weeks of rural fire protection specialist and ETT training. Additional continuing education can be available during a VPSO's carreer.
VPSO minimum qualifications are set in Alaska regulations, 13 AAC 96.080, go to VPSO Qualifications to learn more.
Persons interested in becoming a Village Public Safety Officer should contact the employing organizations, here