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DPS Launches New Anonymous Crime Tips Tool

July 29, 2021 (Anchorage, AK) – The Department of Public Safety is increasing its crime-fighting arsenal with a new app to help residents view alerts and submit anonymous tips from their smartphone or computer.
 
The AKtips app puts a powerful new crime-fighting tool into the hands of Alaskans of all ages.  The AKtips app is available for download for free via the Google Play Store, iTunes App Store, or on our website at dps.alaska.gov/tips.
 
Those without a smartphone can share information with Troopers by sending an anonymous text tip to law enforcement by texting keyword AKTIP and their message/tip to 847411. Anonymous web tips can also be submitted via the department’s website at dps.alaska.gov/tips.
 
“The Alaska Department of Public Safety is committed to protecting Alaskans across our state and making our state a safe place to live and raise a family,” said Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Cockrell.  “We believe our new AKtips app and website will help greatly enhance our ability to deliver on our mission by engaging Alaskans to help report crime tips and information securely to law enforcement.”
 
While not a replacement for calling and reporting emergencies to 911 or reporting non-emergency situations to your local Trooper post, the new AKtips app and texting short code enables the public to share an anonymous tip with law enforcement and lets Troopers respond back to create an anonymous two-way conversation.
 
Similar to the Crime Stoppers program available in certain parts of the state, the AKtips app and anonymous text a tip system is completely anonymous. The technology removes all identifying information before law enforcement sees the tips.
 
The deployment and development of the AKtips app was funded through a Department of Homeland Security grant. The app was developed by Tip 411.
 
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34 New Alaska Law Enforcement Officers Begin Training

July 26, 2021 (Anchorage, AK) – The Alaska Department of Public Safety is beginning the process of training 34 new law enforcement officers destined for locations across the state. These new officers began the 16-week Alaska Law Enforcement Training (ALET) Academy in Sitka, Alaska, on July 25, 2021. Among the future law enforcement officers from across the state, 10 new Alaska State Troopers began training for a career providing public safety services to the largest state in the nation. The Alaska Law Enforcement Training Academy class 21-02 also includes 3 VPSOs, 4 Court Services Officers, 15 local police officers from across the state, and one Alaska State Parks Ranger. The academy runs through November 12.  
“Under Governor Dunleavy’s leadership, careers as an Alaska State Trooper and Alaska Wildlife Trooper are much more attractive to those looking for rewarding jobs in law enforcement with outstanding pay and benefits,” said Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Cockrell. “Along with the Academy class that graduated earlier this year, these new Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Court Services Officers, VPSOs, and municipal officers will help deploy more law enforcement to rural Alaska and make all of Alaska a safer place to live and raise a family.”
The Alaska Law Enforcement Training Academy is a rigorous 16-week academy and includes thorough instruction in criminal investigation, police procedure, search and rescue, state and federal law, use-of-force and de-escalation, firearms training, and much more. ALET is one of two basic police courses certified by the Alaska Police Standards Council.
“At a time when many are leaving jobs in policing across the lower 48, I am encouraged that so many are stepping up to serve Alaskans as police officers and state troopers in our great state,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy. “Public safety remains job number one for my administration, and these brave men and women will certainly help make Alaska a safer place.”
The Department of Public Safety is currently hiring for the spring 2022 ALET academy; those that are interested in becoming an Alaska State Trooper can learn more at www.AlaskaStateTrooper.com

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Fourth-of-July DUI High Visibility Enforcement Campaign Results Are In

July 16, 2021 (Statewide) – The Annual National Anti-DUI campaign Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over High Visibility Enforcement Effort statistics are in. Additional Troopers were patrolling Alaska’s roadways from July 2 through July 6. During that time, Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers had the
following contacts:
 
For period 7/2/2021 through 7/6/2021
- 7 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 0 felony DUI Arrests
- 10 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license.
- 21 REDDIs reported with 17 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI
- 17 damage only crashes 2 injury crashes and 1 fatal collision were investigated by troopers
- Of the 488 citations issued, 339 were issued for speeding and 3 issued for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations
 
Alaskans can continue to help keep our roadways safe by not driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or any other substance that can cause impairment or drowsiness. Additionally, motorists witnessing others driving dangerously are encouraged to make a REDDI report (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) by calling 911. To learn more about REDDI, visit http://www.dot.alaska.gov/stwdplng/hwysafety/REDDI.shtml.
 
Funding for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over high-visibility enforcement campaign was funded by grants distributed by the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

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