Preserve public peace; protect life, property, and resources.
- Highway safety.
- Preserve public peace.
- Provide additional rural law enforcement training.
|Mission Results||Core Services|
|Mission Results||Core Services|
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|A: Result - Highway safety.|
Target #1: 10% reduction from the previous three-year average of deaths as a result of motor vehicle crashes (MVC)
Number of Fatalities from Motor Vehicle Crashes
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 which can be attributed to fewer fatalities in 2018. The Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol saw a high number of fatal crashes in low traffic areas of the state that are not connected to the state road system. Most of the variables affecting the motor vehicle crash 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 crashes 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. Calendar year information is reported to allow for greater accuracy in the data collected due to incident closure time frames.
|A1: Core Service - Highway safety.|
Target #1: 10% reduction from the previous three-year average of driving under the influence (DUI) fatalities
Motor Vehicle Crashes 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 efforts. Targeted enforcement at special events like the Palmer State Fair and other events have 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. Some of the accidents in 2018 were on low traffic areas that are not connected to the state road system. Data from 2018 is from fatal crash events where impaired drivers were identified as being involved in the event.
Beginning in 2007, this table shows motor vehicle crashes 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. Calendar year information is reported to allow for greater accuracy in the data collected due to incident closure time frames.
*In 2016 it was discovered that the grid used in previous budget submissions (see below) contained only the number for crashes that included an impaired driver when that person was charged with DUI. The grid was subsequently updated to include incidents where drivers were impaired but not charged. An example would be where a single vehicle crash occurred and the driver was found to be impaired. We believe that the grid above more accurately shows the connection between impairment and fatal crashes.
|B: Result - Law enforcement patrol and 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, resulting in an enhanced ability to identify suspects or offenders. The data from 2018 was gathered from DPS records management software database records of incident reports. Of 4,297 property crimes reported in AST's area of responsibility, suspects have been identified in 1,556 incidents (36%).
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. Calendar year information is reported to allow for greater accuracy in the data collected due to incident closure time frames.
|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
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". The 6,273 Crime Index Offenses reported in AST's jurisdiction represents a 1% increase in these crimes above the 3-year average in 2018.
|C: Result - Rural Law Enforcement.|
|C1: Core Service - Provide additional 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
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, Tribal Police Officers, and other rural law enforcement officers. Due to significant budget cuts, the Department has had to scale back on the number of training hours offered, thus, an overall decrease in the number of training hours will continue to be the trend. During FY2019, 52 VPSOs were provided with training. Training opportunities included two Alaska Law Enforcement Training (ALET) sessions (1042 hours each), an interview school (8 hours), and a regional training (40 hours) for a total of 2,132 hours.
These hours are the number of hours provided in each course of instruction and do not reflect the total number of hours for each officer attending. It is estimated the total training hours attended by all participants would be in excess of 8,000 hours. All training is designed to improve the rural law enforcement skills and capabilities of first responders.
Current as of November 27, 2019