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NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF EMERGENCY REGULATION
ON MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR POLICE, VILLAGE POLICE, CORRECTIONS, PROBATION & PAROLE, AND MUNICIPAL CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS OF ALASKA POLICE STANDARDS COUNCIL
 
On August 26, 2020 the Alaska Police Standards Council adopted, as an emergency regulation, changes in 13 AAC 85.010, 13 AAC 85.210, 13 AAC 85.215 and 13 AAC 89.010 of the Alaska Administrative Code dealing with the inclusion of United States Nationals in officer’s eligibility standards, including the following:
 
  1. 13 AAC 85.010 is proposed to be changed as follows: Include United States Nationals, in addition to United States Citizens, in standards for hiring of police officers;
  2. 12 AAC 85.210 is proposed to be changed as follows: Include United States Nationals, in addition to United States Citizens, in standards for hiring of corrections and probation parole officers;
  3. 13 AAC 85.215 is proposed to be changed as follows: Include United States Nationals, in addition to United States Citizens, in standards for hiring of municipal corrections officers;
  4. 12 AAC 89.010 is proposed to be changed as follows: Include United States Nationals, in addition to United States Citizens, in standards for hiring of village police officers;
 
The emergency regulation took effect on August 28, 2020 and will expire December 25, 2020.
The Alaska Police Standards Council intends to make the emergency regulations permanent.
 
You may comment on the regulation changes, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the changes, by submitting written comments to Alaska Police Standards Council, PO Box 111200, Juneau, Alaska 99811-1200, or by dropping them off at 150 3rd Street, Juneau, Alaska. Additionally, the Alaska Police Standards Council will accept comments by facsimile at 907-456-3263 and by electronic mail at wendy.menze@alaska.gov.  Comments also may be submitted through the Alaska Online Public Notice System by accessing this notice on the system and using the comment link.  The comments must be received not later than 4:30 PM on October 9, 2020.
 
You may submit written questions relevant to the proposed action to Alaska Police Standards Council, PO Box 111200, Juneau, Alaska 99811-1200, or by dropping them of at 150 3rd Street, Juneau, Alaska. The questions must be received at least 10 days before the end of the public comment period. The Alaska Police Standards Council will aggregate its response to substantially similar questions and make the questions and responses available on the Alaska Online Public Notice System and agency website. The Alaska Police Standards Council may, but is not required to, answer written questions received after the 10-day cut-off date and before the end of the comment period.
 
If you are a person with a disability who needs a special accommodation to participate in this process, please contact Wendy Menze at 907-465-4378 or wendy.menze@alaska.gov not later than October 2, 2020 to ensure that any necessary accommodation can be provided.
 
A copy of the emergency regulation is available on the Alaska Online Public Notice System and/or through the agency website (HERE) and by contacting Wendy Menze at 907-465-4378 or wendy.menze@alaska.gov.
 
The language of the permanent regulation may be different from that of the original emergency regulation and may include other provisions dealing with the same subject. You should comment during the time allowed if your interests could be affected. Written comments received are public records and are subject to public inspection.
 
Statutory authority:  AS 18.65.220;            AS 18.65.240;             AS 18.65.242
Statutes being implemented, interpreted, or made specific: AS 18.65.240; AS 18.65.242.
Fiscal information:  The regulation is not expected to require an increased appropriation.
 
Date:   August 28, 2020
                                                                        
                                                                       Robert E Griffiths
                                                                        Executive Director
 
Updated 10/02/2020: Questions asked and answered curing the public comment period can be found here.