Frequently Asked Questions

VPSO Patch What is a Village Public Safety Officer?

Village Public Safety Officers are dedicated public safety professionals who provide Rural fire protection, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue coordination, Emergency Medical Services, and Safety education within the communities they serve. VPSO’s are generally the first to respond to calls for help from community members.

Who does a Village Public Safety Officer work for?

A VPSO is employed by the regional native non-profit or borough that is responsible for the area of the state in which a VPSO works. The hiring by a corporation of a VPSO involves consultation with the community he/she is to be stationed in and the Alaska State Troopers. The VPSO works and is supervised only by the Corporation who hires them.

Is a Village Public Safety Officer a State employee?

No. A VPSO works for the native non-profit corporation or borough that hired them. Law Enforcement activity oversight is provided by the Alaska State Troopers.

What kind of training does a Village Public Safety Officer receive?

A VPSO Recruit attends a fifteen (15) week Alaska Law Enforcement Academy (ALET), an additional 2 week Rural Fire Protection Specialist class, a 1 week Emergency Trauma Technician class, and continuing annual training in Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Emergency Medical Services , and Fire protection.

What are the qualifications for a Village Public Safety Officer?

A VPSO must be 21 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and be of good moral character.

To learn more about the qualifications please refer to "VPSO Qualifications" page.

Where do I apply to be a Village Public Safety Officer?

Persons interested in becoming a Village Public Safety Officer should contact the Native nonprofit corporations and check the employment opportunity page often for position openings.