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 the measuring point to evaluate the quality of its initial response to and 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.
Target #2: 100% homicide solve rate
Percentage of Homicides Solved by Alaska State Troopers
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.
|A2: Core Service - Rural Law Enforcement|
Target #1: Five-year average of number of resource user contacts
Number of Alaska Wildlife Trooper Resource User Contacts
Analysis of results and challenges: The number of resource users contacted by Alaska Wildlife Troopers during FY 2013 decreased. Although contact numbers were down, the volume of contacts reflects extensive patrols. Patrols are an indication of AWT presence in the field, and presence of law enforcement is a deterrent to unlawful behavior. The objective of user contacts is to ensure that laws and regulations are being observed by resource users as well as to educate users and reinforce positive behaviors.
The wildlife troopers averaged five vacancies through the year.
|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 and A2 below 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 15 annual fatalities
Number of Unintentional Fire Fatalities
Analysis of results and challenges: There has been a significant increase in fire fatalities. Compared to CY 2011, the number of fire fatalities doubled. The good news is the fire fatality rate was zero for the very young, adolescents, and those to their late 30ís. The division attributes that to public education through the use of smart phone applications, the internet, and using every opportunity to take advantage of speaking to young public groups. Twenty of the unintended fire deaths occurred in those age 40 and higher, with half of those being 60 years or older. 57% of all the fire fatalities had alcohol or drugs as a contributing factor to the fire cause or fire fatality. Smoke detectors failed to be installed in 43% of the residences where fire fatalities occurred. The division will continue to focus on the young, but will develop relevant ways to get the message of fire safety to those who are older.
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 FY 2013, 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. Three (of five) Office Assistant II positions became vacant in the Records Processing Unit, seriously impacting the ability to maintain the excellent turnaround time seen since FY 2010.
Despite the staffing issues in FY 2013, the repository was able to meet the original goal of releasing criminal justice information to authorized entities within 30 working days of receipt of the request. Consequently, we are adjusting our target down from 30 days to 10 working days. This is believed to be a more realistic target that should be attainable despite staffing issues.
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.
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: 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 4,476 follow up communications actions in support of the 1,876 fire inspections that were not in compliance in FY2013. This is the first 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 more than 90%
Percentage of State Crime Laboratory Service Requests Accomplished in Less than 30 Days
Analysis of results and challenges: The laboratory moved to a new facility at the start of FY2013. The validation of new scientific equipment and development of new methodologies resulted in downtime of 60 to 90 days for many disciplines, and seven months for the analysis of DNA database samples. Only 26% of database samples were completed within 30 days, with all other disciplines averaging about 50% of requests for analysis completed in less than 30 days. Once validations and methodologies were completed, disciplines had to clear the backlog of requests that resulted from the downtime, which further increased overall turnaround times. Forensic Alcohol, Controlled Substances, and Latent Prints services have returned to normal operations. DNA database sample analysis is anticipated to continue not meeting the 30-day goal for the first three months of FY2014, due to temporary staffing shortages.
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
Analysis of results and challenges: The laboratory moved to a new facility at the start of FY2013. The validation of new scientific equipment and development of new methodologies resulted in downtime of 60 to 90 days for many disciplines, and seven months for the analysis of DNA database samples. 64% of requests for DNA database sample processing exceeded 120 days. Controlled Substance analysis, Forensic Alcohol analysis, and Latent Print analysis met this metric with less than 5% of requests for service exceeding 120 days.
The laboratory intends to improve processing time in FY2014 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 increased by ten in CY2012 from the death rate the previous year. Only four of the twenty-two deaths were a result of capsizing canoes, while in CY2011 four of twelve, in CY2010 two of 11, and in CY2009 five of 12 were a result of capsizing canoes. Canoes typically have been the most deadly of Alaskan recreational vessels, claiming seven lives in CY2008 and six in CY2007.
Half of those who died in CY2012 were known not to be wearing life jackets. In only two deaths was alcohol confirmed to be involved. Fourteen of the fatalities involved more than one person that died during the same incident. These multiple victim incidents contributed greatly to the large increase in deaths.
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.
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 decreased during the past year. Wildlife violations detected increased as a percentage of total contacts over the previous year. Weak fish runs and closures meant that there were fewer resource users overall in the field. However, 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 five 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 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.
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 November 22, 2013