Press Releases

 11/21/14 DPS PR #14-035

Drug Take Back Results

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) -- During late September, the Alaska State Troopers partnered with federal and local law enforcement agencies and participated in the DEA’s Drug Take Back event. From Bethel to Anchorage and Nome down to Craig, Alaskans safely discarded 2,305 pounds of prescription medication. Drug Take Back events help to keep medications out of the hands of abusers, as well as prevent contamination of ground water, through proper disposal.

Communities participating in the event were Anchorage, Aniak, Bethel, Craig, Dillingham, Emmonak, Fairbanks, Fort Wainwright, Glennallen, Juneau, Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Nome, North Pole, Soldotna, St. Mary’s and North Pole.

The Alaska State Troopers would like to thank everyone who took advantage of the opportunity. More information on Drug Take Back events can be found at:

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11/13/14 DPS PR #14-034

Public Safety Training Academy To Graduate 14 Law Enforcement Officers

(SITKA, Alaska) – Fourteen enforcement officers from different state and municipal agencies including seven state and wildlife troopers will graduate from the Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka tomorrow. The 1 p.m. graduation ceremony at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Tribal Community House concludes Alaska Law Enforcement Training (ALET) Session No. 14-02. To get to this point, the 14 new officers and troopers went through 900 hours of training in the 15-week basic ALET. The training 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:

Fabio Coartney, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire Department
Gary Cranford, Sitka Police Department
James Edson, Nome Police Department
Amy Glatz, Alaska Wildlife Trooper
Jacob Hayungs, Alaska State Trooper
Nathan Kennedy, Alaska Wildlife Trooper
Scott Nord, Juneau Police Department
Shawn Norman, Alaska State Trooper
Luke Parrish, Alaska State Trooper
Matthew Presser, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire Department
Daniel Rowe Jr., Alaska State Trooper
Rian Schwab, Alaska State Trooper
Thomas Slease, Kotzebue Police Department
Patrick Taylor, Juneau Police Department

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 move to their first duty assignment in either Fairbanks, Soldotna or the Mat-Su Valley 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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11/03/14 DPS PR #14-033

Halloween Enforcement Stats

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – Alaska State Troopers concluded its high visibility enforcement effort to keep the roads safe during the Halloween festivities. The effort started Friday, Oct. 31 at 12:01am and ended at 11:59pm on Saturday, Nov.1. The funding for the high visibility enforcement was provided in part by grant sources distributed through the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

Alaska State Trooper Stats for the Halloween Enforcement effort:
•       9 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 0 felony DUI Arrests
•       9 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license.
•       42 additional drivers contacted who were reported as REDDI reports were determined not to be DUI
•       11 damage only crashes 3  injury crashes and 1 fatal collision were investigated by troopers
•      Of the 43 citations issued, 19 were issued for speeding and 1 issued for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations

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