Performance Details

Department of Public Safety - Alaska State Trooper Detachments

Mission

Preserve public peace; protect life, property, and resources.

Core Services

  • Highway safety.
  • Preserve public peace.
  • Provide rural law enforcement training.

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Core Services
A: Highway safety.  Details >
  • TARGET #1: 10% reduction from the previous three-year average of deaths as a result of motor vehicle accidents (MVA)
A1: Highway safety.  Details >
  • TARGET #1: 10% reduction from the previous three-year average of driving under the influence (DUI) fatalities

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Core Services
B: Law enforcement patrol and investigations.  Details >
  • TARGET #1: 35% of property crimes reported result in the identification of a suspect or offender
B1: Preserve public peace.  Details >
  • TARGET #1: Public compliance with laws as indicated by a 5% reduction in reported crime index offenses compared to the previous 3-year average for Alaska State Trooper jurisdiction

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Core Services
C: Rural law enforcement.  Details >
  • TARGET #1: Enhance the knowledge and capabilities of rural law enforcement first responders
C1: Provide rural law enforcement training.  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

Performance Detail


A: Result - 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 (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.

Related links:
   • Alaska State Troopers



A1: Core Service - Highway safety.
    
Target #1: 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



B: Result - Law enforcement patrol and 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 (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.

Related links:
   • Alaska UCR Data
   • FBI UCR Data



B1: Core Service - Preserve public peace.
    
Target #1: Public compliance with laws as indicated by a 5% reduction in reported crime index offenses compared to the previous 3-year average for Alaska State Trooper jurisdiction


Number of Crime Index Offenses Reported to Law Enforcement in AST Jurisdiction Compared to Previous 3-year Average
Year Number of Offenses Known Prev 3-Yr Avg Percent Inc/Dec
2013
5,579
5,557
0.4%
2012
5,770
5,663
2%
2011
5,544
5,806
-5%
2010
5,358
6,421
-17%
2009
6,088
6,283
-3%
2008
5,972
6,260
-5%
2007
7,203
5,645
28%
2006
5,674
5,687
0%
2005
5,903
5,509
7%
2004
5,359
5,399
-1%
2003
5,798
5,187
12%

Analysis of results and challenges: Offenses being compared are actual offenses against persons (murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and crimes against property (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson) reported in AST jurisdiction. The FBI refers to these eight crimes as "Crime Index Offenses".

Related links:
   • Alaska UCR Data
   • FBI UCR Data



C: Result - Rural law enforcement.
    
Target #1: Enhance the knowledge and capabilities of rural law enforcement first responders
Training Provided to Rural Law Enforcement Personnel
Fiscal Year Training Hours Provided LE Personnel Trained Target Percent Inc/Dec
FY 2014
9,820
113
*
*
Methodology: Source: Village Public Safety Officer Program Office
*target and percent change detail will be available in FY2015


Analysis of results and challenges: Although regional and academy training reaches many Village Public Safety Officers, a challenge in rural law enforcement is a turnover of personnel, resulting in a law enforcement population that has sporadic opportunity to attend scheduled training. A baseline was established in FY2014 of Distance Learning developed by the department. This baseline tracks training topics as well as the number of personnel who receive training in each of those topics. The target will be to increase the number of personnel training in FY2015 by 10%.

C1: Core Service - Provide rural law enforcement training.
    
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 (VPSO) program, 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%.

 

Current as of December 4, 2014