Press Releases

10/26/16 DPS PR# 16-036

Trooper Enforcement for Halloween Weekend

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Alaska State Troopers will be conducting special DUI overtime enforcement patrols this coming weekend to ensure the safety of Alaskans while celebrating Halloween. Local law enforcement agencies will also participate in the enhanced enforcement efforts from Friday, October 28th through Tuesday, November 1st. In the spirit of safety, the ramped up holiday enforcement will focus on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Regardless of what your ultimate plans are for Halloween, Troopers encourage you to always practice safe driving behaviors on the roads while traveling to and from your destination. Don’t brew up trouble this Halloween, if you consume drugs or alcohol, plan to either stay the night or have a sober driver take you home. Don’t be tricked into driving impaired, treat yourself with a plan to get home safely.

Troopers encourage everyone to Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately by calling 9-1-1.

AST will be airing an Impaired Driving PSA from October 26 through November 1 on some television and radio stations and on GCI.

The PSA can be viewed on the DPS site or You Tube.

Funding for the focused enforcement is coordinated through the Alaska Office of Highway Safety.

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01/26/16 DPS PR #16-035

Troopers Participate in Family-Violence Warrant Sweep

(STATEWIDE, ALASKA)—The 14th annual nationwide Family Violence Warrant SWEEP was conducted across the country on October 19, 2016. The SWEEP is a day-long event in which law enforcement agencies across the United States attempt to serve outstanding family-violence warrants. The SWEEP has been held annually for the last 13 years with a total of 64,048 warrant attempt and 13,462 warrants. In 2015, 503 agencies from 36 states participated in the SWEEP resulting in 8,949 attempts to serve arrest warrants and 1,761 arrests made. For more information about the Sweep, please visit

This year marks the second time the Alaska State Troopers participated in the SWEEP. We appreciate the United States Marshal Service and Anchorage Police Department joining us to make Alaska’s second year another success.

Over 20 Troopers, Marshals and Court Service Officers made up the statewide detail. Arrests were attempted in every detachment across the state. There were 63* warrant service attempts with a total of 5 arrests made.

*Does not include attempts made by the Anchorage Police Department.

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08/05/16 DPS PR #16-034

Guidelines for Propane Safety

Over the past two weeks we have had two propane explosions which resulted in serious injury to 6 people. The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office would like to remind you to be safe regarding the use of Liquefied Propane Gas (LPG). As propane is used in many remote locations and rural communities in Alaska for heating, it is imperative to follow basic, but necessary safety guidelines:

  • If you smell a strong odor of gas (rotten eggs) leave the area immediately and call the fire department or local Public Safety Office from outside.
  • Handle any propane-powered equipment cautiously and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Cylinder tanks for equipment such as stoves and ovens must be located outside of the home.
  • Never store or use propane gas cylinders larger than one pound inside the home.
  • Never operate a propane-powered gas grill inside the home.
  • Have propane gas equipment inspected periodically by a professional for possible leaks or malfunctioning parts.

NFPA Propane safety
REMEMBER: Fire Is Everyone’s Fight
For more information contact: Michael Warzewick
Training and Education Bureau – Public Education Coordinator
5700 E. Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99645 – Voice (907) 269-5481 – Fax (907) 269-0102

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