The Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) program provides rural Alaskan communities with public safety support services.
In communities associated with the program, citizens receive immediate response to emergencies without delays caused by weather or distance. VPSO work closely with Alaska State Troopers, and provide emergency medical response, search and rescue operations, fire prevention and suppression, disaster preparedness and response, public safety education, and community policing.
A VPSO is generally the first to respond to many calls for help from community members; hence their motto, "First Responders‐Last Frontier".
Funding for the VPSO Program is provided by the Alaska legislature to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) under Alakas Statute (AS) §18.65.670-688 and Alaska Administrative Code 13 AAC Chapter 96. These laws and regulations provide the guidelines on the administration of the program.