43 new Alaskan officers graduate from law enforcement academy


At a Nov. 18 graduation ceremony in Sitka, 43 new law enforcement officers received their badges, including two women. The graduates were comprised of 23 Alaska and Alaska State Wildlife Troopers, seven village public safety officers, and numerous city, state, and local police officers. ‘borough.

Graduates have completed over 1,000 hours of training over 17 weeks of basic training. Schooling included intensive instruction in law enforcement topics, physical fitness, and numerous scenario-based exercises designed to prepare entry-level police officers and soldiers for successful careers.

“Today’s graduation from the Academy marks another deployment of Alaska’s highly skilled police officers due to their endurance through this intensive training,” the Department of Public Safety Commissioner said. , James Cockrell. “Through the demanding and refined training of the Alaska Law Enforcement Training Academy, these officers will advance and continue to advance in their careers through public service in all regions of Alaska.”

After graduation, the 23 Trooper recruits will continue to train at the academy for an additional week. This will include customized and advanced training in Fish and Wildlife Surveys, Boating Safety, Survival, Commercial Fisheries Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue and Critical Stress Management. Recruits also participate in additional scenario-based training.

Upon completion of Trooper Basic, recruits head to their first duty assignments in Fairbanks, Soldotna, or the Mat-Su Valley, and begin a 12-week field training and evaluation program. All Trooper recruits are expected to develop to the point where they can perform all law enforcement duties independently. If successful, Trooper recruits will be promoted to the rank of Trooper at the end of their probationary period, usually 12 months from the start of the academy.



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