11/26/13 DPS PR# 13-029
Public Comments Sought for Regulation Change Allowing VPSOs to Carry Firearms
(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Department of Public Safety is seeking public comments on proposed changes to the Village Public Safety Officer Program regulations. The changes would allow qualifying VPSOs to carry firearms while on duty. The language in the revisions also specifies how a VPSO must qualify and what oversight should occur.
The public is encouraged to review the public notice relating to proposed changes. Public comment is open until 4:30 p.m. on January 17, 2014. The link below will bring you to the proposed regulation changes and also explain how you can submit your public comment.
Online Public Notice System: http://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=170288
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11/15/13, DPS PR# 13-028
Public Safety Training Academy Graduates 26 Law Enforcement Officers
(SITKA, Alaska) – Twenty-six law enforcement officers from different state and municipal agencies graduated today from the Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka. A graduation ceremony at the Sheet ‘a Kwan Nacka Hide Building in Sitka concludes Alaska Law Enforcement Training (ALET) Session No. 13-02. The 15-week basic ALET includes more than 900 hours of training and incorporates intensive instruction in law enforcement-related topics, physical fitness and many scenario-based exercises – all designed to prepare entry level police officers and troopers for a successful career in Alaska law enforcement. The graduates are:
Dustin Akana, Alaska State Troopers
Michael Alexander, Alaska State Troopers
Thomas Barrett, Alaska Wildlife Troopers
Jason Bohac, Alaska State Troopers
Chase Bresnahan, Saint Paul Public Safety
Mitchell Burdick, Soldotna Police
Joshua Crandall (self pay)
Bo Dalbotten, Alaska State Troopers
Eric Eccleston, Sitka Police
Brook-Lyn Edney, Kotzebue Police
David Frebel, Alaska Wildlife Troopers
Kevin Gill, Alaska State Troopers
Matthew Hall, Fairbanks Airport Police and Fire
Michael Johnson, Alaska State Troopers
Zachary Johnson, Alaska State Troopers
Michael Lopez, Wasilla Police
Thomas Milliette, Kotzebue Police
Gregory Rubio, Cordova Police
Bryan Spears, Alaska State Troopers (lateral hire from Lander Police Department in Wyoming)
Timothy Tefft, Alaska State Troopers
Timothy Tilley, Alaska State Troopers
Derrick Torgerson, Cordova Police
Eric Vandelaar, Palmer Police
Christopher Green, Alaska State Troopers (refresher due to military deployment)
Also among the ALET graduates are Court Services Officers Pierre Burkett of the Palmer Judicial Services Unit and Rob Jensen of the Fairbanks Judicial Services Unit. This is the first time CSOs have gone through an entire ALET session to become eligible for certification by the Alaska Police Standards Council, the certifying agency for police officers in Alaska.
After graduation, the Alaska State Trooper and Alaska Wildlife Trooper recruits continue their training at the academy for an additional three weeks. This training session is often referred to as Trooper Basic. The trooper recruits receive more tailored and advanced training during this session in fish and wildlife investigations, boating safety, survival, commercial fisheries enforcement, media relations, critical stress management, patrol rifle training and search and rescue. They are also exposed to additional scenario-based training events.
Upon completion of Trooper Basic, trooper recruits from both divisions move to their first duty assignment and begin a 15-week Field Training and Evaluation Program. All trooper recruits are expected to develop to the point of being able to perform all law enforcement functions independently and if successful, will be promoted to trooper upon the successful completion of their probationary period, generally 12 months from the start of the academy. At that point, wildlife troopers will move to the Division of Alaska Wildlife Troopers.
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11/6/13, DPS PR# 13-025
Statewide Safe Rx Drug Disposal Total
(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – Alaskans turned in 2,763 pounds of prescription medication during the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back event. The Take Back event was held on Oct. 26, 2013. There were 34 collection sites across Alaska participating in the event.
Until a safe disposal process for prescription medications is established nationwide, the DEA will continue to partner with agencies, like the Alaska State Troopers, to hold Take Back Days every six months. The Alaska State Troopers would like to thank the DEA along with the U.S. Department of Justice, Anchorage PD, Fairbanks PD, Kenai PD, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Veterans Affairs, Juneau PD, Palmer PD, Petersburg PD, North Pole PD, Sitka PD, Skagway PD, Soldotna PD, Seward PD, Valdez PD and Wasilla PD, for their efforts. The event wouldn’t have been possible or successful without the enormous effort put out by the volunteers and private agencies.
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This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high--more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.