Frequently Asked Questions

Village Public Safety Officers are dedicated public safety professionals who provide Rural fire protection, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue coordination, Emergency Medical Services, and Safety education within the communities they serve. VPSO’s are generally the first to respond to calls for help from community members.
A VPSO is employed by the regional native non-profit 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 or borough that hired them. Law Enforcement activity oversight is provided by the Alaska State Troopers.
A VPSO Recruit attends a fifteen (15) week Alaska Law Enforcement Academy (ALET), an additional 2 week Rural Fire Protection Specialist class, a 1 week Emergency Trauma Technician class, and continuing annual training in Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Emergency Medical Services , and Fire protection.

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.