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Valley Couple Wanted for Mail Theft, Fraud Turn Themselves in to Troopers

December 3, 2019 (PALMER) – A Wasilla couple wanted on charges related to a large-scale mail theft investigation turned themselves in Monday evening to Alaska State Troopers in Palmer. Brittany and Jacob Melton, both 34, entered the lobby of the Trooper post in Palmer shortly after 7:00 p.m. and were taken into custody.
The Meltons had warrants for nine counts of fraudulent use of a stolen access device and seven counts of second-degree theft. The charges are all related to an investigation that started in mid-November after numerous social media posts featured people in a black SUV stealing mail. Troopers identified the driver as Jacob Melton and determined he and Brittany to be subjects in multiple ongoing investigations. Troopers searched the Melton’s residence and found 41 suspected stolen credit/debit cards and a typewriter that was being used to forge 30 suspected stolen checks.
The estimated value of the stolen checks and known unauthorized credit/debit purchases is approximately $30,094. Troopers continue to investigate, and further charges are expected.
Palmer Patrol Troopers, the Financial Crimes Division, and other investigative units within the Alaska State Troopers are working collaboratively on this case. The local U.S. Postal Inspector has also been contacted and is assisting in the investigation.
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Click it or Ticket: Troopers Launch Thanksgiving Enforcement Campaign

November 26, 2019 (ANCHORAGE) – The Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers will conduct focused traffic enforcement efforts on roads and highways around the state to ensure safety this Thanksgiving holiday. Troopers will be enforcing safe seatbelt usage and watching for motorists who are speeding, driving impaired, driving aggressively, and driving distracted. The efforts will run November 27 - December 1.
“The intention is to reduce the number of major-injury or fatal collisions on Alaska roads to zero,” said B Detachment Deputy Commander Lt. Freddie Wells.  “Thanksgiving is a time for people to gather with family and friends. We want to do our part to ensure Alaskans reach their destinations safely and make it home safely, too.”
Troopers encourage motorists to always wear seatbelts and to never drive impaired. Those who choose to celebrate with alcohol or marijuana should arrange to have a designated driver, stay the night, or call a cab.
Don’t hesitate to Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately by calling 911. To learn more about REDDI, visit http://www.dot.alaska.gov/stwdplng/hwysafety/REDDI.shtml In the meantime, drive safely and courteously. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!   
Funding for increased highway patrol efforts come from the National CIOT High Visibility Enforcement Campaign with funds issued through the Alaska Highway Safety Office.
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DPS has Record Recruitment Cycle

November 5, 2019 (ANCHORAGE)— Last week, the first of two application periods for the July 2020 Public Safety Academy closed out with just over 1000 applications submitted to the Trooper Recruitment Unit. The large swell of applicants is credited to a recruitment graphic that went viral on Instagram, as well as on-going advertising efforts.

 “We didn’t even realize what happened at first. All of a sudden our office turned into a massive call center,” said Lt. Derek DeGraaf, Recruitment Supervisor for the Alaska State Troopers. “Even the company that does our written testing called us and asked what happened because they were overwhelmed and inundated by people setting up proctored written tests.”

While the number of applications was enormous, it is too soon to tell how many people will make it through the intensive background checks. Vetting applicants is a six month process and before applicants are invited to fill out the questionnaires, they must pass the written exam and demonstrate on their initial application that they meet the minimum standards for hire. The projection for the number of recruits at the July 2020 Academy is for 25-30 attendees just for DPS. A second hiring cycle has been opened for the same July 2020 training academy and will remain open until January 31, 2020.

“Even with the large application pool, we will be sending out a lot of rejections. This is due to the applicant not having passed the written test yet,” said Lt. DeGraaf. “Many people will be encouraged to resubmit their application in the hiring cycle that just opened because they meet the minimums but hadn’t had the opportunity to schedule their written exam.”

“Continuing to fill ranks to increase number of troopers statewide will help us to bolster our focus of increasing public safety in rural Alaska, which the Dunleavy administration has committed to doing,” said Amanda Price, Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. “We are happy to report that this focus we’ve put on recruitment is paying off and we look forward to putting more recruits through our academy and getting them out to serve the people of Alaska.”  
For more information about becoming an Alaska State Trooper, click here: www.AlaskaStateTrooper.com.
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