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Qualifications to become a VPSO

Alaska Statute (AS) 18.65.672 Village public safety officer qualifications

  1. is at least 21 years of age;
  2. is a citizen of the United States or a resident alien;
  3. is of good moral character;
  4. has obtained a high school diploma or a general education development diploma or its equivalent;
  5. satisfies the physical requirements established in regulation by the department;
  6.  has not been previously convicted
    1. of a felony;
    2. of a sex offense as defined in AS 12.63.100;
    3. of a misdemeanor crime involving domestic violence unless at least 10 years have passed since the date of the conviction, the conviction was not for an offense against an intimate partner, spouse, child, or parent, and the department grants a waiver allowing the individual to access the criminal justice information system;
    4. of a misdemeanor if less than five years have elapsed since the individual's date of conviction for the offense;
    5. of two or more times of (i)  misdemeanor operating a vehicle, aircraft, or watercraft while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, inhalant, or controlled substance under AS 28.35.030; (ii)  misdemeanor refusal to submit to a chemical test under AS 28.35.032; or (iii)  a combination of the offenses in (i) and (ii) of this subparagraph;
    6. of manufacturing, transporting, or delivering an alcoholic in violation of a local option under AS 04.11 or a municipal ordinance or a controlled substance, unless at least 10 years have elapsed; or
    7. of possession of a controlled substance as defined in AS 11.71.900, other than marijuana, unless the individual was under 21 years of age at the time of the possession and the possession occurred more than 10 years before the date of hire;
  7. has not been denied a village public safety officer certification or had a certification revoked; and
  8. has not been denied police officer certification, had a certificate revoked, or surrendered a certificate in this state or another jurisdiction.
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