Law enforcement

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Law enforcement is the only justice service in Alaska delivered at least in part through local agencies in those communities with the economic resources to support them. Throughout the rest of the state, law enforcement services are provide chiefly by the Alaska Department of Public Safety through the Alaska State Troopers and the Alaska Wildlife Troopers, which enforce fish and wildlife laws on state lands.

A number of rural communities off the road-system ("bush" Alaska), among which are numerous villages with predominately Alaska Native populations, law enforcement and public safety services are also provided by Village Public Safety Officers (VSPOs) under Alaska State Trooper oversight, and (for the Bristol Bay and North Slope Boroughs), borough police departments. Some rural villages rely upon locally hired Village Police Officers (VPOs); other villages have both a VPSO and one or more VPOs, who assist the VPSO in his or her duties.

Justice Center publications & papers


Officer-Involved Shootings in Anchorage 1993–2013 by Troy C. Payne (2013).

Research Perspectives on the Use and Control of Police Force by Troy C. Payne (2012).

Green Bay Chronic Nuisance Notification Evaluation, 2006–2010 by Troy C. Payne and Michelle Arneson (2012).

Anchorage Community Survey 2009: Anchorage Police-Related Results by Sharon Chamard (2011).

Alaska Rural Justice Issues: A Selected Bibliography (2006).

Police Alcohol-Related Services Study (PASS), Phase II: A Description of the Beliefs, Perceptions and Attitudes of Anchorage Police Department Employees by Brad A. Myrstol and Robert H. Langworthy (2005).

The Police Alcohol-Related Services Study (PASS): A Study of the Intersection of Public Alcohol Use and Routine Police Patrol by Brad A. Myrstol and Robert H. Langworthy (2004).

Drug and Alcohol-Related Workload of Anchorage Patrol Officers: Results From Two Patrol Officer Surveys by Brad A. Myrstol, N. E. Schafer, and Matthew J. Giblin (2003).

Turnover Among Alaska Village Public Safety Officers: An Examination of the Factors Associated With Attrition by Darryl S. Wood (2000).

Measuring What Matters: Proceedings From the Police Research Institute Meetings (NCJ-170610) edited by Robert H. Langworthy (1999).

Public Safety and Policing in Alaska Native Villages: Component Three of Alaska Public Safety Project (1995).

Alaska Public Safety Statewide Survey: Component Two of Alaska Public Safety Project (1995).

North Slope Department of Public Safety Community Survey (1994).

Alaska Criminal History Record Information: A White Paper by Lawrence C. Trostle (1991).

APSIN Felony Indicator by Lawrence C. Trostle (1991).

Felony Definition: A White Paper by Lisa Rieger (1991).

Alaskan Village Justice: An Exploratory Study by John E. Angell (1979).

Alaska Village Police Training: An Assessment and Recommendations by John E. Angell (1978).

Books & monographs

Book chapters


Professional journals

"Reducing Excessive Police Incidents: Do Notices to Owners Work?" by Troy C. Payne (2015).

"Book Review — Policing Problem Places: Crime Hot Spots and Effective Prevention" by Troy C. Payne (2015).

"Problem Framing in Problem Solving: A Case Study" by Troy C. Payne, Kathleen Gallagher, John E. Eck, and James Frank (2013).

"The Alcohol-Related Workload of Patrol Officers" by Brad A. Myrstol (2012).

"The Link between Traditional Police Sub-Culture and Police Intimate Partner Violence" by Lindsey Blumenstein, Lorie Fridell, and Shayne Jones (2012).

"In Search of Respect: Examining Arrestee Satisfaction with Police" by Brad A. Myrstol and Shila René Hawk-Tourtelot (2011).

"Public Perceptions in the Last Frontier: Alaska Native Satisfaction with the Police" by Matthew J. Giblin and Amber D. Dillon (2009).

"Local Alcohol Prohibition, Police Presence and Serious Injury in Isolated Alaska Native Villages" by Darryl S. Wood and Paul J. Gruenewald (2006).

"Police Solidarity and Tolerance for Police Misbehavior, Revisited" by Lawrence C. Trostle (2005).

"The Alaska Territorial Police" by Lawrence C. Trostle (2005).

"The First 20 Years: Social Control, Peacekeeping, the U.S. Military, and the Introduction of Native Police Officers in the Territory of Alaska" by Lawrence C. Trostle (2005).

"The Adoption of Computerized Crime Mapping by Municipal Police Departments in New Jersey" by Sharon Chamard (2004).

"Just Because It's Not Popular Doesn't Mean It Isn't the Right Thing to Do" by Lawrence C. Trostle (2004).

"A Comparison of Group-Administered and Mail-Administered Surveys of Alaskan Village Public Safety Officers" by Darryl S. Wood (2003).

"Explanations of Employment Turnover Among Alaska Village Public Safety Officers" by Darryl S. Wood (2002).

"Minority Recruitment in Criminal Justice: Targeting Alaska Natives" by John Riley (2002).

"LEMAS: A Comparative Organizational Research Platform" by Robert H. Langworthy (2002).

"Police Turnover in Isolated Communities: The Alaska Experience" by Darryl S. Wood (2001).

"The Nonenforcement Role of Police in Western Alaska and the Eastern Canadian Arctic: An Analysis of Police Tasks in Remote Arctic Communities" by Darryl S. Wood and Lawrence C. Trostle (1997).

"Policing the Arctic: The North Slope of Alaska" by Lawrence C. Trostle and John E. Angell (1994).

"Book Review: Chief: My Life in the LAPD and L.A. Secret Police: Inside the LAPD Elite Spy Network" by Lawrence C. Trostle (1994).

"The Force Continuum: From Lethal to Less-Than-Lethal Force" by Lawrence C. Trostle (1990).

"A Study of Police Misconduct and Litigation: Findings and Implications" by Robert J. Meadows and Lawrence C. Trostle (1988).

"The Impact of a Crime Wave: Perceptions, Fear, and Confidence in the Police" by Mary Holland Baker, Barbara C. Nienstedt, Ronald S. Everett, and Richard C. McCleary (1983).

Alaska Justice Forum

"Officer-Involved Shootings in Anchorage 1993–2013" by Troy C. Payne (2015).

"Contacts between Anchorage Adults and Police" by Brad A. Myrstol (2015).

"A Brief Look at VPSOs and Violence Against Women Cases" (2011).

"U.S. State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies Census 2008" by Bureau of Justice Statistics (2011).

"Anchorage Residents' Perceptions of Police" by Brad A. Myrstol. (2011).

"Gang Units in Local Law Enforcement Agencies" (2011).

"More Reading on VPSOs" (2011).

"Police in Schools: Public Perceptions" by Brad A. Myrstol (2010).

"Review Essay — Terrorism and the Constitution: Security, Civil Rights, and the War on Terror" by John Riley (2007).

"Report From the Rural Justice and Law Enforcement Commission" by Antonia Moras (2006).

"Making the Grade? Public Evaluation of Police Performance in Anchorage" by Brad A. Myrstol (2005).

"Rural Justice and Law Enforcement Commission" (2005).

"Improving Public Safety in Rural Alaska: A Review of Past Studies" by Justin Roberts (2005).

"Studies, Reports, and Documents Relevant to the VPSO Program" by Justin Roberts and UAA Justice Center (2005).

"COPS Funds in Alaska" (2005).

"Alaska Justice Forum Articles on Policing in Alaska" (Summer 2005).

"Police Patrol and Public Alcohol Use in Anchorage" by Brad A. Myrstol (2004).

"Anchorage Community Indicators" (Fall 2003).

"A Further Perspective on Satisfaction With Policing" by Matthew J. Giblin (2003).

"COPS Funds in Alaska" (2002).

"Officer Turnover in the Village Public Safety Officer Program" by Darryl S. Wood (2000).

"Alaska VPSO Program: Some Facts" (2000).

"Native Employment in the Alaska Justice System" by Antonia Moras (1998).

"Mountain View: The Context for Community Policing" by Antonia Moras (1997).

"Community Policing: Perspectives From the Field" by John Riley (1997).

"Public Safety: Shared Responsibility" (1996).

"Village Alaska: Community Characteristics and Public Safety" (1996).

"Implementation of Police Domestic Violence Policy" by Carrie D. Longoria (1995).

"DPS Does Statewide Study" (1994).

"Community Policing" by John E. Angell and Roger C. Miller (1993).

"Village Public Safety Officers: A Further Look" by Lawrence C. Trostle (1992).

"The Nonenforcement Role of the VPSO" by Lawrence C. Trostle, Darren McShea, and Russell Perras (1992).

"LAPD Successful in Recruiting Minorities and Women" by Lawrence C. Trostle (1990).

"Village Safety Officer Program" by M. James Messick (1979).

"Bush Justice Report" (1979).

"Bush Justice: A Critical Report" (1979).

"Village Police Training" (1979).

AJSAC Fact Sheet

"State and Local Law Enforcement Personnel in Alaska: 1982–2012" by Khristy Parker (2014).

"Assaults Committed against Alaska Police Officers, 2002–2011" by Brad A. Myrstol (2013).

"State and Local Law Enforcement Personnel in Alaska: 1982–2011" by Brad A. Mystrol (2013).

Anchorage Community Indicators

"An Examination of Police Service Deployment" (2004). Series of six maps.

"Density of Police Calls-for-Service, 2003" (2004). Series of six maps.

"Anchorage Community Survey: Community Satisfaction With Police Performance" (2003).


Conference papers and presentations


"Innovative Techniques for Collecting Snow Impression Evidence" by James Wolfe (2011).

"Police Department Structural Variety: Toward a Taxonomy" by Robert H. Langworthy (2002).

Justice Center research projects

Other resources

Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS)

Local, city, and borough police departments

See also Village Public Safety Officers (VPSOs) and paraprofessional police for local law enforcement provided by Village Public Safety Officers (VPSOs).

University of Alaska police departments

Alaska airport safety departments

Alaska associations

Federal law enforcement agencies

Partial agency listing. For a more complete listing, see Federal law enforcement in the United States.