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Wildlife Troopers Offer Tips for Hunters as Hunting Seasons Open Statewide

August 6, 2019 (ANCHORAGE) – Excitement is building for Alaska hunters as seasons open this month in many regions for deer, caribou, Dall sheep, moose, mountain goat and other big game species. The Alaska Wildlife Troopers will be present in full force statewide making sure everybody plays by the rules.
 
“Hunting is a longstanding Alaska tradition,” said Gov. Mike Dunleavy. “As we enter this harvest season, I hope hunters will take a moment to appreciate the critical role our state hunting regulations play in conserving our wildlife resources.”
Serving as the state’s primary law enforcement agency overseeing hunting and fishing regulations, the Alaska Wildlife Troopers will be busy in August and September.

“We’ll be checking in with hunters and keeping an eye out for violations of all types,” said Wildlife Troopers Colonel Doug Massie. “One thing I can’t emphasize enough: Before heading into the field, make sure you’re intimately familiar with the hunting regulations that apply to the areas and game species you plan to hunt.”   
 
Examples of what Wildlife Troopers will be looking for include:
 
  • HUNTING LICENSES. This almost goes without saying, but Alaska resident hunters, ages 18 years or older – and all nonresident hunters – must possess and carry in the field a valid Alaska state hunting license (see pages 9-11 of the 2019/2020 hunting regulations).
  • HARVEST TICKETS. Before hunting on a harvest ticket, make sure the ticket number(s) is written on your hunting license (page 14 of the 2019/2020 hunting regulations).
  • PERMIT TICKETS. Drawing hunt permits are not valid until signed. Carry your permit(s) with you while hunting (page 15 of the 2019/2020 hunting regulations).
  • PUNCH YOUR HARVEST TICKET. Harvest tickets must be carried in the field and validated immediately upon killing game (page 14 of the 2019/2020 hunting regulations).
  • TROPHIES CAN WAIT. Salvage and remove all meat from the field BEFORE or WHILE packing out the last load with horns or antlers. It's the right thing to do ethically ... it's also the law (see page 22 of the 2019/2020 hunting regulations).
  • EVIDENCE OF SEX. Hunters who kill a big game animal (other than Dall sheep) where the bag limit is restricted to one sex must keep, until processed for human consumption, enough of the sex organs naturally attached to a rear quarter to show the sex of the animal (page 22 of the 2019/2020 hunting regulations).
  • WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS. Calling or texting another hunter to share the location of an animal in the field is illegal. Drones also may not be used for hunting    (page 18 of the 2019/2020 hunting regulations).
 
The rules above are just a few highlights. For more information, pick up a free copy of the Alaska State Hunting Regulations booklet at any Alaska Department of Fish and Game office or at any license vendor; or view the regulations online at
https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=wildliferegulations.hunting
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Fall Public Safety Training Academy Commences With 39 New Recruits

July 30, 2019, SITKA — The Alaska Law Enforcement Training (ALET) Academy’s second session of the year began Sunday, July 28, with the enrollment of 39 recruits representing police agencies around the state. The class includes 15 Alaska State Trooper recruits, one Wildlife Trooper recruit, seven Village Public Safety Officer recruits, and 16 police officer recruits from11 police departments around the state.
 
“It makes me proud to know this group of young Alaskans is ready to devote their careers to making Alaska a safer place,” said Governor Michael J. Dunleavy. “Expanding the ranks of our Troopers and Village Public Safety Officers is one part of my administration’s overall plan to improve public safety in urban and rural Alaska which includes more resources for law enforcement to fight crime, tougher sentencing guidelines for convicted criminals and making sure Alaska’s law enforcement community knows they have a friend in the Governor’s office.”

Trooper recruits will complete more than 1,000 hours of training during the 16-week basic ALET. The training incorporates intensive instruction in law enforcement-related topics, physical fitness, and scenario-based exercises, all designed to prepare them for successful careers in law enforcement. Academy instructor staff includes veteran Alaska State Troopers, one VPSO, and city police officers from multiple agencies.
 
“The Public Safety Training Academy is proud to welcome the students of ALET 1902,” Academy Commander Lieutenant Chad Goeden said. “They will be vigorously trained and tested so that upon graduation, they will be well-equipped to protect Alaskans. I look forward to seeing their progress and development.”
 
Upon graduation, ALET 1902 recruits will join police agencies across the state. At that time, trooper recruits will move to their first duty assignments in Fairbanks, Soldotna, or the Mat-Su Valleys for a 12-week Field Training and Evaluation Program.
 

"We’re excited to welcome another big class of State Trooper recruits," said Department of Public Safety Commissioner Amanda Price. "Graduates of this class will be the best of the best. The ranks of Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers are filling at a pace not seen in more than a decade resulting in more troopers for more communities helping to address the governor’s priority to improve public safety in Alaska."

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DPS Notified that $6M Grant Application Approved by DOJ

July 29, 2019 (Anchorage) – Late last week the Department of Public Safety received notice that the U.S. Department of Justice approved DPS’s grant application to receive approximately $6 million through the Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance Program. The two-year grant is a portion of the $10 million in funds announced at the end of June by U.S. Attorney General William Barr.

“Public safety is priority number one of my administration. U.S. Attorney General Barr saw firsthand that our rural communities could benefit with some additional tools to bolster Alaska’s rural public safety, and he listened,” said Governor Michael J. Dunleavy. “This $6 million commitment will reinforce the positive changes we are making through tightening Alaska’s crime laws and filling the ranks of the Alaska State Troopers – I thank the U.S. Department of Justice for their continued support of Alaskans and look forward to continued collaboration on improving rural public safety in discussion with rural Alaskan stakeholders, the US Department of Justice, the State of Alaska and its various departments.”

The funds are expected to be available to DPS October 1, 2019, to provide to communities or Native corporations that can identify and implement needed law enforcement infrastructure projects, such as jails or office space.

“From day one of this administration we have fostered strong partnerships to find solutions to improve public safety in our rural communities,” said Commissioner Amanda Price. “The Emergency Law Enforcement Declaration by DOJ reinforces the strides we’ve already taken to provide a stronger law enforcement presence where it is needed most. DPS is committed to helping our partner agencies to prioritize individual community needs to get the maximum benefit from this funding.”

Until the funding comes to fruition, DPS will work to define the process of allocating it to our rural partner agencies.
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