Alaska State Troopers

David Lienemann/Office of Governor Bill Walker

Governor Walker signed the state budget on Wednesday. KDLG’s Izzy Ross talked with the governor about how Senate Bill 26 will impact Permanent Fund Dividends, and about efforts to bolster state trooper retention.

John Ryan/KUCB

After 17 years based in Dutch Harbor, the state's biggest patrol vessel is bound for Kodiak. 

Division of Alaska State Troopers

Alaska State Troopers are having issues with recruitment and hiring local troopers.  Of those that do apply, 76 percent are from the lower 48.  However, AST is dedicated to raising its numbers and recruiting from within.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will end on September first.  Alaska State Troopers have been patrolling statewide day and night keeping an eye out for impaired drivers. 

Each year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sponsors the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over program, which varies state to state.  It focuses on reducing the amount of driving under the influence on a state level.

New Law Paves Way for VPSOs to Carry Guns

Jul 23, 2014
Alaska State Troopers

When someone thinks of law enforcement, the first thing that comes to mind is the Alaska state troopers, followed by municipal police.  However, a not-so well-known group is Village Public Safety Officers, a group of first responders that serve in Alaska’s remote villages.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more on a new law that paves the way for arming these individuals.

Alaska State Troopers

Alaska State Troopers are gearing up to host a 650 mile outdoor relay.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more.

The Department of Public Safety announced Tuesday that the state will not be participating in another season of National Geographic’s tv show “Alaska State Troopers.”

After five seasons, the real Alaska State Troopers will not be starring in the popular tv show. Spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers Beth Ipsen says although the show brought a lot of attention to the department and the state, the troopers had to consider if they wanted to continue their participation.

Alaska Department of Public Safety

The Alaska State Troopers have a new director. Department of Public Safety Commissioner Gary Folger has appointed Colonel Jim Cockrell to head the Troopers effective immediately.

New Stuyahok Man Arrested for hitting VPSO

Jul 23, 2013

A New Stuyahok man was arrested Saturday for allegedly hitting the VPSO.  According to state troopers, the VPSO responded after reports of a fight involving 21 year old Bradley Bond. 

Troopers say that as the VPSO investigated, Bond struck the officer.  He was then arrested and taken to the Dillingham jail. Bond faces charges of Assault 4 and disorderly conduct.

Togiak Man Arrested on Assault Charges

Jul 12, 2013

A Togiak man is in custody after allegedly threatening to kill two family members.  Around 9 p.m. Wednesday night, the Togiak VPSO responded to a house on the report of a possible assault.  There the VPSO arrested 23 year old Norman E. Blue. His family members had fled the residence following the threats and then contacted the VPSO.

Blue is facing two counts of 4th degree assault and is held in the Togiak jail without bail.  Troopers say alcohol was not a factor.

A family of four is safe after running into windy conditions on Lake Iliamna. Gregory Zackar, his wife Renae, and their two kids left in a boat Wednesday morning from Igiugig enroute to Kokhanok.

At 2:20 that afternoon, more than six hours after departing, Kokhanok VPSO Joy Reyneke reported that the family was overdue on the trip that normally takes 3 hours.

Troopers launched an airplane from Iliamna Air Taxi.  By 4:30, they located the family taking shelter near Big Mountain where they were waiting out the wind. 

Celeste Novak

The enforcement priorities of the Alaska State Troopers, in regards to commercial fishing this summer in Bristol Bay, were outlined last Saturday as part of the "Business of Fish" workshop held in Dillingham. KDLG's Mike Mason was there and filed this report.