1972 – Fish & Game
In 1972, select members of the Department of Fish and Game
were transferred to the Department of Public Safety. This move ultimately led to
the creation of the Division of Wildlife Troopers. The Alaska Wildlife Troopers
provide wildlife resource protection in all areas of the state for both
commercial and sport fishing and hunting operations.
1967 - Troopers
During Governor Wally Hickel's first administration in 1967, the name was changed to the Alaska State Troopers.
Under Commissioner Mel Personett, the Troopers focused their work in areas of Alaska not being served by community police,
and began to offer more sophisticated services to law enforcement organizations statewide. The Alaska Bureau of Investigations
and the Alaska Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Enforcement were established. Also in 1967 the Public Safety Training Academy
saw its first year of operation.
1959 - Statehood
With the advent of statehood in 1959, the name of Alaska's law enforcement agency was changed to the Alaska State Police and the
organization became a division of the Department of Public Safety.
1953 - Teritorial Police
The Troopers' law enforcement responsibilities continuted to grow and in 1958 the Territorial legislature announced the creation of
the Alaska Territorial Police.
1941 - Origin of the Troopers
The Troopers' tradition of excellence is rooted in Alaska's territorial days before achieving statehood in 1959.