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Leadership Change for Division of Alaska State Troopers

January 16, 2020 (ANCHORAGE) — After 30 years of service to the State of Alaska, Colonel Barry Wilson has hung up his Stetson. During his distinguished career, there was little Col. Wilson hadn’t touched in the Division of Alaska State Troopers. He served Alaskans in many assignments to include working patrol, conducting investigations, coordinating search-and-rescues, and mentoring other troopers throughout the department. As Director for the past year, Col. Wilson was instrumental in improving morale, expanding training and staunchly advocating for the Division as a whole.
Commissioner Amanda Price has announced Colonel Bryan W. Barlow as the incoming Director for the Alaska State Troopers.
Col. Barlow is a lifelong Alaskan who began his career with the Alaska State Troopers in March 1999. He patrolled in Fairbanks, Ninilchik, Ketchikan, and Girdwood as well as Interior villages. Over the years, Col. Barlow supervised various units within AST, including the Criminal Intelligence Unit, DPS Recruitment, Office of Professional Standards, and the DPS Aircraft Section. He also held the duties of Department Pilot, Special Emergency Reaction Team member, Firearms Instructor, Crisis Negotiator, and Ethics Instructor. In October 2017, Col. Barlow joined the AST Director’s Office as a Major.
“I want to thank Colonel Wilson for his dedicated service to all Alaskans,” said Commissioner Price. “It was an honor to have Col. Wilson on my team. I also want to thank Col. Barlow for accepting to take the helm of the Alaska State Troopers and all the responsibilities that come with the job.”
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DPS Moves Forward with Wireless 9-1-1 Implementation and Consolidation of Emergency Communication Se

January 7, 2020 (ANCHORAGE) – Two major initiatives, Wireless 9-1-1 and consolidation of emergency communication services, are underway to greatly improve law enforcement services to all Alaskans. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is providing a one-year courtesy heads up to telecommunication companies statewide that a formal request for the implementation of Wireless 9-1-1 will occur. Under Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules, a wireless carrier has six months to deploy the enhanced capabilities when the formal request is made.
The ability to call 9-1-1 from a wireless (cellular) telephone and have a reliable call back number as well as location provided to the emergency services dispatcher is an essential component in providing public safety services. If the call drops, having a call back number is essential in gathering the nature of the emergency as well as staying in contact with the caller for up to date information exchange. Having a caller’s location, especially for callers off the road system, is crucial in finding an incident location and appropriately directing law enforcement, fire, rescue or emergency medical responders.
Wireless 9-1-1 has been implemented in many boroughs and municipalities as a result of formal requests to wireless carriers. While this service may be available in populated areas, 80% of Alaska’s geography lacks this important technology.
The purpose of this heads up is to allow for carriers to conduct upgrades along with their already-scheduled maintenance at their remote cellular tower locations. This will reduce financial strain on the carriers while they work to meet FCC Wireless 9-1-1 requirements.
In support of the effort to bring Wireless 9-1-1 services to all of Alaska, DPS is building an Emergency Communications Center (ECC) in Anchorage to consolidate its communications operations from existing locations in Wasilla, Soldotna and Ketchikan. The consolidation effort is expected to be completed in two years. DPS expects the consolidation effort to significantly reduce annual operating costs.
The Anchorage ECC will complement the existing DPS ECC in Fairbanks and be capable of receiving emergency calls and dispatching DPS resources statewide. The centers will leverage existing statewide radio communications capability, the new wireless 9-1-1 system as well as a computer aided dispatch (CAD) system. The geographic diversity ensures continuous operations of DPS’s emergency communications services in the event of a regional disaster, such as an earthquake. Implementing the CAD system and the upgrade to Wireless 9-1-1 allows for increased officer safety and better public safety services to all Alaskans.
The new CAD system will utilize geographic information from local jurisdictions as well as topographic maps to display calls for service and to dispatch the appropriate resources. The two DPS emergency communications centers are primarily for DPS operations. They will be secondary to existing local jurisdiction 9-1-1 call centers. 
“Public Safety for all Alaskans is being addressed with this major telecommunications upgrade and the consolidation of dispatch services,” said Commissioner Amanda Price, Department of Public Safety. “In addition to being a significant improvement in our ability to provide comprehensive public safety services to rural Alaska, these efforts will benefit every person that recreates in, or traverses, our immense backcountry.”
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Holiday Traffic Enforcement Campaign Update

January 3, 2020 (ANCHORAGE) – Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued 954 citations statewide from December 11, 2019, through January 1, 2020, as part of a focused winter holiday traffic enforcement effort. Of those citations, 377 were issued for speeding and 24 for violations related to use of seatbelts and other occupant restraints. The breakdown includes:

·         48 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 1 felony DUI arrest.

·         43 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license.

·         29 REDDIs reported with 8 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI.

·         Troopers investigated 166 damage-only crashes 16 injury crashes, and 4 fatal collisions.

Highway safety during the winter holiday season was the driving force behind the focused traffic enforcement effort. “Our highways are only as safe as the drivers who use them,” said B Detachment Deputy Commander Lt. Freddie Wells. “The holiday push is over, but our Troopers and Wildlife Troopers are always on the lookout for drivers who disregard traffic laws.”

Mat-Su motorists are reminded that on January 1, 2020, Troopers and Wildlife Troopers started doubling down on an ongoing high-visibility traffic enforcement campaign on Knik-Goose Bay Road. Those efforts will continue through January 31.

Funding for increased highway patrol efforts came from the National DUI Events High Visibility Enforcement Campaign with funds issued through the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

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