Performance Details

Department of Public Safety

Mission

The mission of the Department of Public Safety is to ensure public safety and enforce fish and wildlife laws. AS 44.41.020

Core Services

  • Law Enforcement Patrol & Investigations
  • Rural Law Enforcement
  • Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Programs
  • Statewide Public Safety Programs
  • Resource Protection
  • Highway Safety

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Core Services
A: Department Result  Details >
A1: Law Enforcement Patrol & Investigations  Details >
  • TARGET #1: 35% of property crimes reported result in the identification of a suspect or offender
A2: Rural Law Enforcement  Details >
  • TARGET #1: Increase by 5% over the previous year the number of training hours provided to Village Public Safety Officers and other rural law enforcement personnel
A3: Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Programs  Details >
  • TARGET #1: As a result of contact with a victim service program, 80% of participants know more ways to plan for their safety
  • TARGET #2: 100% of sex offender registrations are available online
A4: Statewide Public Safety Programs  Details >
  • TARGET #1: Reduce unintentional fire fatalities (non-homicide) to less than 16 annual fatalities
  • TARGET #2: State and national criminal justice information is released to authorized entities within 10 working days of receipt of the request
  • TARGET #3: 30% of all buildings scheduled for priority fire and life safety building inspections to be found in compliance at time of inspection
  • TARGET #4: Percentage of requests for laboratory service with a turnaround time less than 30 days more than 90%
  • TARGET #5: Percentage of un-worked requests for laboratory service over 120 days old less than 5%
A5: Resource Protection  Details >
  • TARGET #1: Reduce recreational boating accident deaths to fewer than 14 annual fatalities
  • TARGET #2: Wildlife violations detected less than 5% of total resource user contacts
A6: Highway Safety  Details >
  • TARGET #1: 10% reduction from the previous three-year average of deaths as a result of motor vehicle accidents (MVA)
  • TARGET #2: 10% reduction from the previous three-year average of driving under the influence (DUI) fatalities

Performance Detail


A: Result - Department Result

A1: Core Service - Law Enforcement Patrol & Investigations
    
Target #1: 35% of property crimes reported result in the identification of a suspect or offender

Methodology: Source: Alaska UCR Data

Percentage of Property Crimes Investigated and Closed with the Identification of a Suspect or Offender
Year # of Incidents w/Suspect / Offender ID Percent
2013
3,855
1,358
35%
2012
4,201
1,216
29%
2011
4,761
1,247
26%
2010
4,624
1,201
26%
2009
4,765
1,139
24%
2008
4,595
1,108
24%
2007
5,014
1,243
25%
2006
5,043
1,288
26%
2005
5,161
1,488
29%
2004
4,781
1,498
31%

Analysis of results and challenges: This metric provides the Alaska State Troopers the measuring point to evaluate the quality of its initial response to and subsequent investigation of property crimes, with the end result an enhanced ability to identify suspects or offenders.

AST reports the number of property crimes within their primary jurisdiction. Property crimes include offenses such as burglary, theft, and criminal mischief. These data include attempted and unfounded burglaries, since they often require the same amount of investigative time to reach an appropriate conclusion. This metric was initially developed in FY2009 and modified in FY2014 to include theft and criminal mischief offenses to better reflect the results of ASTs efforts. The target is based on a review of the data over the last ten years.

Related links:
   • Alaska UCR Data
   • FBI UCR Data


    
Target #2: 100% homicide solve rate

Methodology: Source: Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Bureau of Investigation (ABI). Data source change in FY2011 to include homicides outside AST jurisdiction where AST assumed investigative responsibility.

Percentage of Homicides Solved by Alaska State Troopers
Fiscal Year Number of Homicides Homicides Solved Percentage Solved
FY 2014
18
16
88%
FY 2013
22
22
100%
FY 2012
14
12
86%
FY 2011
18
17
94%
FY 2010
11
10
91%
FY 2009
10
10
100%
FY 2008
13
11
85%
FY 2007
12
10
83%
FY 2006
8
7
88%
FY 2005
17
17
100%
FY 2004
13
13
100%

Analysis of results and challenges: Numbers represent homicides in AST jurisdiction as well as homicides outside AST jurisdiction where AST has assumed investigative responsibility. Unsolved homicide investigations are on-going and are often closed long after the incident, depending on a wide variety of circumstances.

Related links:
   • Alaska Bureau of Investigation



A2: Core Service - Rural Law Enforcement
    
Target #1: Increase by 5% over the previous year the number of training hours provided to Village Public Safety Officers and other rural law enforcement personnel
Village Public Safety Officer / Rural Law Enforcement Personnel Training Hours
Fiscal Year Training Hours Provided # of Personnel Trained Target Percent Inc / Dec
FY 2014
9,820
113
*
*
Methodology: Village Public Safety Officer Program Office
* target and percent change comparison will be available in FY2015


Analysis of results and challenges: The department is committed to rural law enforcement with statewide leadership in training. Through the efforts of the Village Public Safety Officer program (VPSO), the department has fostered innovative approaches to training and opportunities for not only VPSOs, but additionally for Village Police Officers (VPO) and Tribal Police Officers (TPO). All training is designed to improve rural law enforcement skills and public safety capabilities of these first responders. The baseline of 9,820 training hours delivered to 113 law enforcement first responders has been established in FY2014. The target in FY2015 will be to increase the number of training hours delivered in by 5%.

A3: Core Service - Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Programs
    
Target #1: As a result of contact with a victim service program, 80% of participants know more ways to plan for their safety


Percentage of Victim Service Participants Indicating Positive Program Impact
Fiscal Year # of Responses # Affirmative Percent YTD
FY 2014
2,466
2,090
85%
FY 2013
2,729
2,375
87%
FY 2012
3,061
2,813
92%
FY 2011
2,985
2,761
93%
FY 2010
2,655
2,454
92%
FY 2009
1,978
1,833
93%

Analysis of results and challenges: Data for this measure are gathered through confidential surveys completed by program participants when they exit program services. Research has demonstrated that increasing victims' knowledge of safety planning and community resources leads to increased safety and well-being over time. Alaska is participating in a national outcome measures project that uses this measure and A2 below to monitor reduced violence and increased quality of life for victims over time.

Related links:
   • Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault


    
Target #2: 100% of sex offender registrations are available online

Methodology: This is measured by comparing the total number of known sex offenders in Alaska to the number of offenders whose records require additional research to determine registration duration or other issues.

Percentage of Sex Offender Registrations Available On-line
Fiscal Year Known Sex Offenders Requiring Research Percentage on Website
FY 2014
3,166
24
99.24%
FY 2013
3,089
16
99.48%
FY 2012
2,961
16
99.50%
FY 2011
2,852
17
99.40%
FY 2010
2,678
32
98.80%
FY 2009
2,530
6
99.76%
FY 2008
4,316
313
99.95%
FY 2007
4,260
266
99.84%

Analysis of results and challenges: In nearly every case in which an offender moves into Alaska from another state, additional information must be obtained in order to determine the comparable Alaska statute for registration requirements. Program analysis and development has resulted in the more efficient completion of research required to ensure accurate information on the Sex Offender Registration website, and has reduced the number of offenders' convictions requiring research prior to posting on the website.

As policies and procedures are refined, the Sex Offender and Child Kidnapper Registration Office is becoming more proficient at obtaining required documentation and more efficient in completing registration requirement analysis on new registrants.

Related links:
   • Sex Offender Registry homepage



A4: Core Service - Statewide Public Safety Programs
    
Target #1: Reduce unintentional fire fatalities (non-homicide) to less than 16 annual fatalities

Methodology: Source: Division of Fire and Life Safety

A note on methodology: the graph has been simplified with floating 5-year averages replaced by a fixed target. The target was achieved by averaging the number of unintentional fatalities over a 10-year period, subtracting 5%, and dividing by 10. The target itself is, however, not acceptable--only zero fire fatalities are acceptable.


# of Unintentional Fire Fatalities in Occupancy Types within and not within the Division of Fire & Life Safety's Authority
Year Total Fatalities No F&LS Authority W/in F&LS Authority
2013
16
15
1
2012
23
20
3
2011
11
10
1
2010
12
12
0
2009
22
21
1
2008
19
17
2
2007
24
22
2
2006
21
19
2
2005
20
18
2
2004
12
11
1

Analysis of results and challenges: There has been a significant decrease in fire fatalities. Compared to CY 2012, the number of fire fatalities went from 23 to 12, which resulted in a 47% reduction. There was one fire fatality under the division's statutory authority. Eleven fire fatalities occurred in buildings where the division has no statutory authority for plan reviews and fire inspections. Personal residences are where 10 of the 12 fatalities occurred; one occurred in an automobile and one in a marine vessel. The division continues to have limited success because of very limited residential building code authority, and no inspection authority for and little direct access to family residences. The division enjoys significant success in all other occupancy types where it is empowered to act.

Smoke detectors failed to be installed in 33% of the residences where fire fatalities occurred. 57% of all the fire fatalities had alcohol or drugs as a contributing factor to the cause of the fire fatality.

Fire and Life Safety data are reported on a calendar year basis. Click the link below to visit the website for annual reports back to 2004 and for more information and links.

Related links:
   • Alaska Fire Statistics


    
Target #2: State and national criminal justice information is released to authorized entities within 10 working days of receipt of the request


Average Number of Days to Disseminate Criminal History Information by Criminal Records and Identification
Fiscal Year YTD Total
FY 2014
36
FY 2013
12
FY 2012
4
FY 2011
3
FY 2010
3
FY 2009
107
FY 2008
71
FY 2007
33
FY 2006
47
FY 2005
24
FY 2004
19
FY 2003
11

Analysis of results and challenges: Through a significant re-engineering process, an additional fingerprint expert, temporary staffing reallocation, and intense staff effort, the Bureau remarkably improved processing time in FY 2010. The Bureau was able to maintain this substantially reduced turnaround time in FY 2011 and FY 2012, and will continue to assess processes and procedures to further reduce the time it takes to process a background check for employment or licensing purposes. However, in FY 2014, significant staffing changes occurred. The AFIS Section lost one AAFIS Operator I, and the AAFIS Supervisor retired. One AAFIS Operator I was promoted to the AAFIS Supervisor position, and nationwide recruitment was required to fill the two vacant AAFIS Operator I positions. After several nationwide recruitments, the AAFIS section remained unable to identify a qualified and available candidate to fill the remaining vacant AAFIS Operator I position. Vacancies due to promotion, illness, and resignation in the Records Unit resulted in significant vacancies in the Office Assistant II positions, seriously impacting the ability to maintain acceptable turnaround times. This problem will be rectified by utilizing all available resources in FY 2015.

The department is encouraging our major contributors of fingerprints for employment or licensing purposes to submit the fingerprints electronically. One such department has undertaken a project to allow this to happen. We anticipate a significant decrease in processing time once this occurs, currently estimated to begin in October 2014.

Related links:
   • Background Check Requests homepage


    
Target #3: 30% of all buildings scheduled for priority fire and life safety building inspections to be found in compliance at time of inspection

Methodology: Source: Division of Fire and Life Safety

In FY2013, the type of chart used is changed and the total number of inspections completed is provided to show context to the number of buildings in and out of compliance.


Percentage of Buildings in Compliance with Legal Standards According to Inspections
Fiscal Year Total Inspections Buildings in Compliance YTD % in Compliance
FY 2014
2,086
383
18.4%
FY 2013
3,051
1,175
38.5%
FY 2012
2,665
666
25%
FY 2011
2,529
589
23.3%
FY 2010
2,181
525
24.1%
FY 2009
2,256
855
37.9%
FY 2008
1,543
549
35.6%
FY 2007
659
180
27.3%
FY 2006
1,282
429
33.5%
FY 2005
795
214
26.9%
FY 2004
1,187
344
29.0%

Analysis of results and challenges: The number of fire inspections decreased in FY2014 compared to FY2013 due to two vacant Deputy Fire Marshal (DFM) I positions. One position has been filled and is in training. Training personnel and keeping a fully trained staff are contributing factors in the decreased total number of fire inspections. During FY2014, four DFMs completed the Division Fire Investigator Field Training Education Program. Upon completion of this one-month field training, conducted by a certified Field Training Officer, the four DFMs went from Peace Officers to Certified Police Officers.

Prioritization of building inspections continues to be based upon those occupancies that are at greatest risk of fire-related injuries, fatalities, property loss, and community impact. The division is striving to increase owner/occupant awareness of hazards so a greater number of buildings will be found in compliance with legal standards at time of inspection. Each item identified as needing correction on an Order to Correct Deficiencies must be followed up to completion as mandated by the Alaska Supreme Court in Adams vs The State of Alaska. There were 4,028 follow up communications actions in support of the 1,703 fire inspections that were not in compliance in FY2014. This is the second year that the division completed fire inspections in all oil and gas processing facilities for regulated and unregulated pipelines throughout the state. Again this year, we have had no unintended fire fatalities in any facility in which we have conducted a fire inspection.

Related links:
   • Division of Fire and Life Safety


    
Target #4: Percentage of requests for laboratory service with a turnaround time less than 30 days more than 90%


Percentage of State Crime Laboratory Service Requests Accomplished in Less than 30 Days
Fiscal Year Requests < 30 days Total # Requested
FY 2014
74%
4,477
FY 2013
54%
4,216
FY 2012
53%
3,916
FY 2011
63%
3,993
FY 2010
78%
4,756
FY 2009
59%
4,112
FY 2008
51%
3,871
FY 2007
39%
4,333
FY 2006
34%
4,343
FY 2005
14%
2,430
FY 2004
28%
2,763
FY 2003
27%
2,289
FY 2002
36%
2,040

Analysis of results and challenges: For FY2014, the laboratory realized a 20% improvement in requests completed in less than 31 days. 91% of Blood and Beverage Alcohol analysis requests were completed within 30 days. 86% of controlled substance analysis requests were completed within 30 days. While only 40% of requests for biological screening were completed within 30 days, the backlog of requests for this service (132) was eliminated during this fiscal year. 50% of requests for Latent Print examination were completed within 30 days. Advances in methods for developing latent prints and searching latent print databases have doubled the instances of identification, which increases the average time necessary for analyzing a request. Resources are being reorganized within the laboratory to address this increased workload and bring this metric within the desired range.

Related links:
   • Alaska State Crime Laboratory


    
Target #5: Percentage of un-worked requests for laboratory service over 120 days old less than 5%


Percentage of State Crime Laboratory Service Requests Over 120 Days Old
Fiscal Year Percentage over 120 days Requests over 120 days Total # Requested
FY 2014
2%
93
4,477
FY 2013
10%
414
4,216
FY 2012
2%
120
3,916
FY 2011
2%
118
3,993
FY 2010
2%
95
4,756
FY 2009
6%
247
4,112
FY 2008
13%
503
3,871
FY 2007
24%
1,040
4,333
FY 2006
26%
1,129
4,343
FY 2005
12%
292
2,430
FY 2004
22%
608
2,763
FY 2003
21%
481
2,289
FY 2002
32%
653
2,040

Analysis of results and challenges: The reduction / elimination of backlogged requests for service continues to be a high priority. The backlog of requests for biological screening was eliminated in FY2014, and the number of cases taking over 120 days to analyze has dropped significantly.

The laboratory intends to improve processing time in FY2015 and beyond.

Related links:
   • Alaska State Crime Laboratory



A5: Core Service - Resource Protection
    
Target #1: Reduce recreational boating accident deaths to fewer than 14 annual fatalities

Methodology: Source: U.S. Coast Guard

The target is a 10-year average of recreational boating deaths from 2002-2011.


Number of Alaska Boating Accidents with Fatalities
Year YTD Total
2013
10
2012
22
2011
12
2010
11
2009
12
2008
14
2007
17
2006
11
2005
14
2004
14
2003
16

Analysis of results and challenges: Fatalities from recreational boating accidents decreased by twelve in CY2013 from the death rate the previous year. Half of those who died in CY2013 were known not to be wearing life jackets. In four deaths, alcohol was confirmed to be involved.

Alaska Wildlife Troopers (AWT) are working to increase boating safety education and checking for compliance with law and regulation, including personal flotation device (PFD) possession and use -- especially education among adults, as adult deaths continue to make up the majority of fatalities. AWT conducted several targeted boating safety patrols during the past year in conjunction with advertised national campaigns and on historically busy weekends. Troopers investigate recreational boating accidents, injuries, and fatalities in state waters.

Related links:
   • Alaska DNR Office of Boating Safety
   • U.S. Coast Guard statistics
   • Alaska Wildlife Troopers


    
Target #2: Wildlife violations detected less than 5% of total resource user contacts


Percentage of Wildlife Violations Detected per User Contacts by Alaska Wildlife Troopers
Fiscal Year # of Contacts # of Violations Detected % Violations/Contacts
FY 2014
75,732
3,873
5.11%
FY 2013
69,749
4,086
5.86%
FY 2012
75,624
4,076
5.39%
FY 2011
85,867
4,176
4.86%
FY 2010
82,336
4,015
4.88%
FY 2009
63,068
4,742
7.52%
FY 2008
58,584
4,995
8.53%
FY 2007
54,912
6,083
11.08%
FY 2006
55,673
6,412
11.52%
FY 2005
53,205
5,457
10.26%
FY 2004
61,554
5,933
9.64%

Analysis of results and challenges: The number of resource users contacted by Alaska Wildlife Troopers increased during the past year. Wildlife violations detected decreased as a percentage of total contacts over the previous year. An added emphasis on fisheries such as the Kenai Peninsula can help lead to a decrease in the number of violations. Enforcement efforts in more remote areas of the state often result in a larger proportion of violations since it is common knowledge that these areas are harder to get to and thus to patrol.

These numbers do not include citations written by wildlife troopers for non-natural resource law violations, such as those written by new recruits who are spending their first year in field training with the Alaska State Trooper division. The wildlife troopers averaged seven vacancies through the year.

Targeting 95% compliance is a reasonable goal. Less than 95% compliance indicates a need to reevaluate enforcement presence and education efforts.

Related links:
   • Alaska Wildlife Troopers



A6: Core Service - Highway Safety
    
Target #1: 10% reduction from the previous three-year average of deaths as a result of motor vehicle accidents (MVA)

Methodology: Note: Data source changed in CY2007; data now reported for area of AST jurisdiction only. Source: Alaska State Troopers

Number of Fatalities from Motor Vehicle Accidents
Year MVA Yearly Fatalities
2013
30
2012
39
2011
45
2010
42
2009
34
2008
46
2007
46

Analysis of results and challenges: This target reflects one measure of the overall safety of vehicular traffic. In addition to enforcement of traffic regulations and laws, the department is actively involved in media campaigns to raise public awareness of highway safety issues. The Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol is effective at removing impaired drivers from the road. During the process of conducting targeted, focused DUI enforcement, ABHP has also been very effective in identifying and addressing other driver behavior issues that are contributing factors to motor vehicle fatalities. These include speeding, aggressive driving, occupant protection, and distracted driving. Many of the other variables affecting the motor vehicle accident rate, such as road design, weather conditions, vehicle age and mechanical condition, etc., are not within the department's control.

Beginning in CY2007, this table shows motor vehicle accidents within the Alaska State Troopers' (AST) patrol area. Statewide data from the Alaska Highway Safety Office (DOT/PF) were reported in prior years. These data are reported on a calendar-year basis.

Related links:
   • Alaska State Troopers


    
Target #2: 10% reduction from the previous three-year average of driving under the influence (DUI) fatalities

Methodology: * Data source changed in CY2007; data now reported for area of AST jurisdiction only. Source: Alaska State Troopers


Motor Vehicle Accidents with Fatalities involving Impaired Drivers
Year MVA Yearly Fatalities
2013
5
2012
11
2011
8
2010
12
2009
21
2008
16
2007
6

Analysis of results and challenges: The department receives Alaska Highway Safety Office funding to support some specialized High Visibility DUI enforcement through the Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol. Targeted enforcement at special events like the Palmer State Fair, Girdwood Forest Fair, and Arctic Man snow machine races has been highly effective at removing impaired drivers from the road. However, the number and severity of accidents involve many other factors which are often outside the control or influence of police agencies.

Beginning in CY2007, this table shows motor vehicle accidents within the Alaska State Troopers' patrol area. Statewide data from the Alaska Highway Safety Office (DOT/PF) were reported in prior years. These data are reported on a calendar-year basis.

Related links:
   • Alaska State Troopers


 

Current as of September 16, 2014