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06/08/17 DPS PR# 17-016

ALET Class 1701 Graduates DPS Academy

(SITKA, Alaska)— A class of 31, including six state troopers, two wildlife troopers and five Village Public Safety Officers, will graduate from the Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka tomorrow 6/9/2017. The 1 p.m. graduation ceremony at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Tribal Community House concludes Alaska Law Enforcement Training (ALET) Session No. 1701. To get to this point, the 31 law enforcement students from around the state went through 1009 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, Village Public Safety Officers and troopers for a successful career in Alaska law enforcement.

After graduation, the nine Alaska State 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 will move to their first duty assignment in either Fairbanks, Soldotna or the Mat-Su Valley and begin a 12-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.

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06/08/17 DPS PR #17-015

Possible Government Shutdown Effects to DPS Services

(Anchorage, Alaska)– Commissioner Walt Monegan announced today that the Department of Public Safety is working with the Department of Law to analyze the potential effects of a government shutdown on DPS.

Below are some of the many important DPS services potentially at risk of being shut down, delayed or interrupted if a budget compromise cannot be reached within the legislature before July 1:

  • Plan Examiners for building and construction, the Office of Rural Fire Protection, and the Training Bureau could potentially be affected.
  • Alaska Fire Standards Council provides fire training and certifications across the state.
  • Alaska Police Standards Council could suffer severe backlog of law enforcement officer approvals that would directly affect upcoming scheduled training academies.
  • Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault could see delays in the ability to complete FY2018 grant award processes to mostly nonprofit organizations, which could potentially hinder victim service program operations.
  • State Crime Detection Laboratory will determine sufficient staff to retain high-profile/high priority analysis. However, the backlog of requests for analysis could potentially grow. Delivery of results could be greatly delayed. This could also significantly affect court cases where analysts are needed for testimony. Furthermore, training provided for breath-alcohol operation and evidence and sexual assault kit collection could potentially be impacted.
  • Statewide Information Technology Services provide critical support programs to all of DPS, including law enforcement. An extended shutdown could prove crippling to the IT support of DPS and cause auditing to fall out of regulatory compliance.
  • Additional items that may be affected within DPS are the Sex Offender Registry, as well as the ability to obtain background checks necessary for employment, concealed handgun permits, and security guard licenses could all be directly affected by even a partial government shutdown.
  • Fiscal instability may also hurt DPS’ ability to attract and retain qualified applicants for troopers and other essential personnel.

The Department of Public Safety has a responsibility to protect the citizens of Alaska and as such, the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers would continue to fully enforce Alaska’s laws and respond to emergency calls. However, it is not fully known how a reduction in support services would affect some services provided by DPS.

This year’s preparations for a government shutdown are different than in 2015, when the legislature had passed a partially funded budget. This year, money has not been appropriated for any government services. As a government shutdown in Alaska is unprecedented, Department of Law is examining what money could be spent to continue vital state services if the legislature has not fulfilled its constitutional obligation to pass a budget.

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06/06/17 DPS PR #17-01c

Troopers Conclude High Visibility Enforcement Effort

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers have concluded the Annual Memorial Day Weekend Click It or Ticket High Visibility Enforcement Effort which started May 15 and ended June 4. From 5/15/2017 thru 6/4/2017, troopers conducted the following investigations:

-47 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 1 felony DUI Arrest
-27 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license.
-142 REDDIs reported with 31 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI
-62 damage only crashes, 7 injury crashes and 2 fatal collision were investigated by troopers
-Of the 1762 citations issued, 785 were issued for speeding and 166 were issued for seatbelt orother occupant restraint violations

The main focus of the National Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign is to save lives. AST hopes motorists drive safely throughout the High Visibility Enforcement campaign and the rest of the summer. Wearing seatbelts saves lives and goes a long way to protect all vehicle occupants from being seriously injured or killed.

Please do your part in keeping our roadways safe by not driving impaired. Additionally, don’t hesitate to make a REDDI report any time of the year by calling 911! To learn more about REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) visit http://www.dot.alaska.gov/stwdplng/hwysafety/REDDI.shtml.

Funding for the High Visibility Enforcement Campaign was funded by grants distributed by the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

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