The mission of the Department of Public Safety is to ensure public safety and enforce fish and wildlife laws. AS 44.41.020
- Law Enforcement Patrol & Investigations
- Rural Law Enforcement
- Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Programs
- Statewide Public Safety Programs
- Resource Protection
- Highway Safety
|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
Percentage of Property Crimes Investigated and Closed with the Identification of a Suspect or Offender
Analysis of results and challenges: This metric provides the Alaska State Troopers (AST) 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 AST's efforts. The target is based on a review of the data over the last ten years.
Target #2: 100% homicide solve rate
Percentage of Homicides Solved by Alaska State Troopers
Analysis of results and challenges: Numbers represent homicides in Alaska State Trooper (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.
|A2: Core Service - Rural Law Enforcement|
|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
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 to monitor reduced violence and increased quality of life for victims over time.
Target #2: 100% of sex offender registrations are available online
Percentage of Sex Offender Registrations Available On-line
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.
|A4: Core Service - Statewide Public Safety Programs|
Target #1: Reduce unintentional fire fatalities (non-homicide) to less than 16 annual fatalities
# of Unintentional Fire Fatalities in Occupancy Types within and not within the Division of Fire & Life Safety's Authority
Analysis of results and challenges: There has been a significant decrease in fire fatalities. Compared to 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 ten 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. Fifty-seven percent 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.
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
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 FY2010. The bureau was able to maintain this substantially reduced turnaround time in FY2011 and FY2012, 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 FY2014, significant staffing changes occurred. The Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) Section lost one Alaska AFIS 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 FY2015.
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.
Target #3: 30% of all buildings scheduled for priority fire and life safety building inspections to be found in compliance at time of inspection
Percentage of Buildings in Compliance with Legal Standards According to Inspections
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 retaining 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.
Target #4: Percentage of requests for laboratory service with a turnaround time less than 30 days at more than 90%
Percentage of State Crime Laboratory Service Requests Accomplished in Less than 30 Days
Analysis of results and challenges: For FY2014, the laboratory realized a 20% improvement in requests completed in less than 30 days. Ninety-one percent of blood and beverage alcohol analysis requests were completed within 30 days. Eighty-six percent 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. Fifty percent 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.
Target #5: Percentage of unworked requests for laboratory service over 120 days old at less than 5%
Percentage of State Crime Laboratory Service Requests Over 120 Days Old
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.
|A5: Core Service - Resource Protection|
Target #1: Reduce recreational boating accident deaths to fewer than 14 annual fatalities
Number of Alaska Boating Accidents with Fatalities
Analysis of results and challenges: Fatalities from recreational boating accidents decreased by twelve in 2013 from the death rate the previous year. Half of those who died in 2013 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 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.
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
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.
|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)
Number of Fatalities from Motor Vehicle Accidents
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 (ABHP) 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 2007, this table shows motor vehicle accidents within the Alaska State Troopers' patrol area. Statewide data from the Alaska Highway Safety Office were reported in prior years. These data are reported on a calendar-year basis.
Target #2: 10% reduction from the previous three-year average of driving under the influence (DUI) fatalities
Motor Vehicle Accidents with Fatalities involving Impaired Drivers
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.
Current as of December 4, 2014