Turnover Among Alaska Village Public Safety Officers (VPSOs):
An Examination of the Factors Associated with Attrition

Principal investigator: Darryl S. Wood
Project dates: Jun 1, 1998 – Mar 31, 2000
JC#: 9901
Agency: National Institute of Justice
Grant: 98-IJ-CX-0035
Project amount: $48,995
Project status: Completed
 

The demands of physical geography and a lack of economies of scale have made it a challenge to provide policing services to rural Alaska Native villages across the state. Different policing programs developed to meet that challenge using specially appointed Native police officers have all been plagued with the problem of officer attrition. The Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) Program, which currently provides police and other public safety services to 85 Alaska Native villages, is no exception to that rule. This project examined the extent of turnover in the VPSO program to identify the reasons former VPSOs leave the program as well as the reasons current VPSOs stay with the program.
     It is expected that the lessons of the research will used to alleviate VPSO attrition which, ultimately, will serve to increase the stability of the delivery of public safety services in Alaska Native villages.

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Reports Summary Document

Turnover among Alaska Village Public Safety Officers: An Examination of the Factors Associated with Attrition by Darryl S. Wood. NCJ 182609. Report prepared under Grant No. 98-IJ-CX-0035 from the National Institute of Justice. Anchorage, AK: Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2000. (JC 9901.02).

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Turnover among Alaska Village Public Safety Officers: An Examination of the Factors Associated with Attrition—Summary by Darryl S. Wood. Report prepared under Grant No. 98-IJ-CX-0035 from the National Institute of Justice. Anchorage, AK: Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2000. (JC 9901.03).

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Professional journals Article Article at journal website

"A Comparison of Group-Administered and Mail-Administered Surveys of Alaskan Village Public Safety Officers" by Darryl S. Wood. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management 26(2): 329-340 (2003). (doi: 10.1108/13639510310475796).

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"Explanations of Employment Turnover among Alaska Village Public Safety Officers" by Darryl S. Wood. Journal of Criminal Justice 30(3): 197-215 (2002). (doi: 10.1016/S0047-2352(01)00136-2).

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"Police Turnover in Isolated Communities: The Alaska Experience" by Darryl S. Wood. National Institute of Justice Journal 246: 16-23 (Jan 2001).

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Articles Article Complete issue

"Officer Turnover in the Village Public Safety Officer Program" by Darryl S. Wood. Alaska Justice Forum 17(2): 1, 4–7 (Summer 2000).

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Conference papers Summary Document

"A Comparison of Group-Administered and Mail-Administered Surveys of Alaskan Village Public Safety Officers" (paper) by Darryl S. Wood. Presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Anaheim, CA, Mar 2002. (JC 9901.07).

   

"Employment Turnover among Alaska Native and Non-Native Village Public Safety Officers" (paper) by Darryl S. Wood. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, CA, Nov 2000. (JC 9901.06).

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"Explanations of Employment Turnover in the Alaska Village Public Safety Officer Program" (paper) by Darryl S. Wood and Michael Jennings. Presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, New Orleans, LA, Mar 2000. (JC 9901.04).

   

"Job Attrition among Alaska Village Public Safety Officers: Preliminary Findings from a Survey of Current and Former Officers" (paper) by Darryl S. Wood. Presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Orlando, FL, Mar 1999. (JC 9901.01).

   

"Village Public Safety Officer Turnover and Violent Crime in Alaska Native Communities" (paper) by Darryl S. Wood. Presented at the annual meeting of the Western and Pacific Association of Criminal Justice Educators, Park City, UT, Oct 2003. (JC 9901.10).

   
Media advisories Summary Document

"Wood Receives NIJ Grant to Study VPSO Attrition" (press release). Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 15 June 1998.

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"Turnover of VPSOs: Study Completed" (press release). Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 26 April 2000.

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