VPSOs complete training phase
Alaska Department of Public Safety
Four Village Public Safety Officers from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta finished their first phase of training on Feb. 8 at the Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka. Their first phase of training consisted of five weeks of specifically designed courses to assist in preparing them for the duties as a VPSO. Some of the courses covered topics such as ethics in law enforcement, use of force, baton, pepper spray, officer survival, defensive tactics, Taser, report writing, crime scene investigation, etc.
The training for the total of 13 VPSOs continues in several more two- to three-week phases over the coming year. Additional courses include training in firefighting, criminal law, constitutional, law, search and rescue, cross cultural communications and report writing.
The Department of Public Safety is coordinating multiple training phases throughout each calendar year in a variety of locations to provide frequent training opportunities for VPSOs and others law enforcement working in rural Alaskan law enforcement.
The 13 VPSOs are from rural Alaskan communities and are employed by a number of Native nonprofit corporations. The individuals and their communities are Kenneth Byerly, Aniak; Rudolph Demoski, Jr., Anvik; Curtis Francis, St. Mary’s; Nickefer Kassel, Kipnuk; Colby Alakayak, Manokotak; Edward David, Allakaket; Richard Eunice, Kiana; Joshua Harville, Ruby; Mark Bentley, Tetlin Village; Corey Padron, Saxman; Travis Ransom, Koyuk; Travis Sheppard, Ouzinkie and Barrett Taylor, Nelson Lagoon