Qualifications to become a VPSO
According to the 13 AAC 96.080 Basic Standards for Village Public Safety Officer
If you answer "Yes" to the following questions, you may qualify to become a VPSO:
- Are you a citizen of the United States or a residence alien who has demonstrated intent to become a citizen of the United States?
- Are you 21 years of age?
- Are you of good moral character?
- Do you have a high school diploma, or its equivalent, or have passed a General Educational Development (GED) test?
- Before attending a basic training program under 13 AAC 96.100 (VPSO Academy),
- you must receive a physical examination by a physician lawfully admitted to practice in this state, and
- on the medical record form supplied by the Department of Public Safety, that physician must certify that you are:
- free from a physical or hearing condition which would adversely affect performance of an essential function of a village public safety officer;
- have normal color discrimination, normal binocular coordination, normal peripheral vision, and corrected visual acuity of 20/30 or better in each eye;
- free from a mental or emotional condition that would adversely affect the performance of an essential function of a village public safety officer.
If you answer "No" to the following questions, you may qualify to become a VPSO:
- Have you been convicted, by a civilian court of this state, the United States, or another state or territory, or by a military court, of one or more of the following offenses, or of an offense with substantially similar elements to such an offense under Alaska law?
- a felony;
- any misdemeanor within five (5) years of the date of hire;
- a misdemeanor within 10 years of the date of hire, if the misdemeanor involved:
- an assault against a family member, former family member, member of the individuals household, or former member of the household?
- the violation of a domestic violence restraining order?
- two or more DWI offenses?
- Have you ever:
- illegally manufactured, transported, or delivered:
- a controlled substance?
- an alcohol beverage in violation of a local option under AS 04.11 or a municipal ordinance?
- illegally used a controlled substance other than marijuana during the 10 years immediately before the date of hire, unless you were under the age of 21 at the time of using the controlled substance?
- Have you been denied village public safety officer certification or had that certification revoked?
- Have you been discharged for cause or resigned under threat of discharge for cause from employment as a village public safety officer, a village police officer, or a police officer in this state or any other state?