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, including enforcement of fish and wildlife laws on state lands.

Justice Center publications & papers


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

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

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

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

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

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).

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

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

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

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

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

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).

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).

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

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

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

Book chapters


Professional journals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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).

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

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

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

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

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

"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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alaska Justice Forum

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

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

"Anchorage Community Indicators" (Fall 2003).

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

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

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

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

"COPS Funds in Alaska" (2002).

"COPS Funds in Alaska" (2005).

"DPS Does Statewide Study" (1994).

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

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

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

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

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

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

"More Reading on VPSOs" (2011).

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Public Safety: Shared Responsibility" (1996).

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Village Police Training" (1979).

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

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

AJSAC Fact Sheet

"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).

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

Anchorage Community Indicators

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

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

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


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.