Frequently Asked Questions
The Alaska State Troopers VPSO Program does not hire or employ VPSOs. Each of the 10 VPSO employers have different policies, procedures and HR practices. Please direct employment specific questions to the VPSO employer that you are interested in working with. Employer information is found here
Below are some frequently asked questions about the VPSO program.
Village Public Safety Officers are dedicated public safety professionals who provide rural fire protection, law enforcement services, search and rescue coordination, emergency medical services, and safety education within the communities they serve. VPSOs are generally the first to respond to calls for help from community members.
A VPSO is employed by a regional native non-profit, tribe or borough that is responsible for the area of the state in which a VPSO works. The hiring by a corporation of a VPSO involves consultation with the community he/she is to be stationed in and the Alaska State Troopers. The VPSO works and is supervised only by the Corporation who hires them.
No. A VPSO works for the native non-profit corporation, tribe or borough that hired them. Law enforcement activity oversight is provided by the Alaska State Troopers.
A VPSO Recruit attends a nine (9) week VPSO certification training. Additionally, they attend a two (2) week training for rural fire protection. VPSOs recieve annual training for search and rescue, emergency medical services, fire protection and other law enforcement services.
A VPSO must be 21 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and be of good moral character.
To learn more about the qualifications please refer to "VPSO Qualifications" page.
Persons interested in becoming a Village Public Safety Officer should contact the Native nonprofit corporations and check the employment opportunity page
often for position openings.