Press Releases

07/10/17 DPS PR# 17-019

Colonel Hall to Lead Alaska Wildlife Troopers

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – Commissioner Monegan is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers. Effective July 1, 2017, Colonel Steve Hall took over the official duties of leading the Division.

Col. Steve Hall began his law enforcement career with the Department of Public Safety, as a member of Recruit Class #42 in 1993. Following his academy graduation and field training, he was posted in Kodiak with the Division of Fish & Wildlife Protection (F&WP). In 1998 he transferred from the F&WP to the Division of Alaska State Troopers as a patrol trooper in Kodiak. His rise through the ranks included Corporal at the Public Safety Academy in Sitka and as commander of “A” Detachment in Juneau. Colonel Hall promoted to Captain in November 2013 and transferred to Anchorage where he was the Southern Detachment Commander for the Alaska Wildlife Troopers (previously known as F&WP). In addition to these assignments, Colonel Hall has been a firearms instructor with the Department for more than 20 years. He also represented the Division of Alaska Wildlife Troopers with the Board of Fisheries and managed the Division’s Vessel Section.

Please join us in congratulating Col. Hall and wishing him well in his position as Director of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers.

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06/30/17 DPS PR# 17-018

Operation Dry Water 2017

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – Today kicks off the National campaign Operation Dry Water. Alaska Wildlife Troopers across the state are participating by making contact with boaters during heightened awareness patrols and encouraging them to make good choices while they recreate on Alaska waterways. The goal of Operation Dry Water is to reduce recreational boating incidents that result in injury, death or damage to property caused by intoxicated boaters.

Many people across Alaska are beginning their 4th of July celebrations today. We know that many times these celebrations involve alcohol. If you chose to drink or consume any other substance that causes impairment, we encourage you to not operate a boat or any other vehicle. We want everyone to have a great time and stay safe.

While contacting boaters, Troopers will be checking to make sure necessary safety equipment is on board. AWT encourages everyone to wear their lifejackets as well.

The national campaign, organized by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NABLA) runs through July 2. Alaska Wildlife Troopers have participated in this recreational boating enforcement campaign for the past eight years.

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06/06/17 DPS PR #17-11c

Troopers, APD and DOT&PF Partnering to Promote Safety on the Road this Fourth of July

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – Many Alaskans will hit the road to get to Fourth of July celebrations over the next week. We’ll be on the road, too! From June 30 to July 8, Alaska State Troopers and our highway safety partners like the Anchorage Police Department (APD) will conduct focused highway enforcement to curb major injury and fatal collisions.

Since highway traffic is expected to be heavy on the Seward and Sterling highways due to numerous events on the Kenai Peninsula, both AST and APD will have a strong presence south of Anchorage. In the Valley, Troopers will be seen in the Knik-Goose Bay Safety Corridor as well as other roadways. DOT&PF officials are working on additional safety measures, including additional clearing, rumble strips and signage along the KGB Safety Corridor. While there is a focus on these congested areas in Southcentral Alaska, focused enforcement efforts will also occur in other areas of the state.

Regardless of what your ultimate plans are for the holiday weekend, Troopers encourage you to always practice safe driving behaviors. Troopers, APD and DOT&PF officials also encourage everyone to Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately by calling 9-1-1.

Funding for the focused highway enforcement was provided in part by grant sources distributed through the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

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