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Old 11-30-2012, 11:03 AM
 
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If you count the villages then the vast majority of towns are only policed by an unarmed Village Public Safety Officer. Even in some of those they only have a part-time unarmed Village Police Officer.
Why are the VPSO unarmed?
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Palmer
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I believe that many of the villages don't even have a vpso. So there is no law inforcement in town at all. The closest are many miles away by air.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:55 AM
 
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Why are the VPSO unarmed?
Because they are not police officers. I don't know if it is the state that doesn't want them armed, or the villages that don't want them armed. They have access to a shotgun, but don't carry pistols.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:28 PM
 
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Because they are not police officers. I don't know if it is the state that doesn't want them armed, or the villages that don't want them armed. They have access to a shotgun, but don't carry pistols.
From what I have read, their training does not include firearms. They are trained with non-lethal devices such as pepper spray.

Edit: I did not mean to imply they don't have access to a shotgun. I only meant to state that their training does not formally include firearms as is the norm for certified peace officers.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:38 PM
 
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Why are the VPSO unarmed?
Liability and insurance reasons mainly. They are trained at the academy to in law enforcement, fire fighting, emt and search & rescue. They are not employed by the State of Alaska even though that is who trains and supervises them. VPSO's are employed and paid by the native corporations in the areas they serve in.

Village Public Safety Officer Program Home


The Village Public Safety Officer Program was designed to train and employ individuals residing in the village as first responders to public safety emergencies such as search and rescue, fire protection, emergency medical assistance, crime prevention and basic law enforcement. The presence of these officers has had a significant impact on improving the quality of life in the participating villages. As a result, the Village Public Safety Officers (VPSO) are generally the first to respond to many calls for help from community members; hence their motto:
"First Responders - Last Frontier"
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