Village Public Safety Officers
|Signed Into Law! Chapter 49 SLA 09|
Sponsored by Rep. Reggie Joule
Co-Sponsors: Rep. Hawker, Rep. Kerttula, Rep. Tuck, Rep. Johnson
“Relating to grants to nonprofit regional corporations, and, in certain situations, to municipalities with populations of less than 10,000, for village public safety officers in rural areas; defining rural area for the purpose of the village public safety officer program; and authorizing municipalities to accept grants under, and contract with respect to, the village public safety officer program.”
Posted: February 17, 2009 : v26-LS0402\E
Village Public Safety Officers (VPSOs) serve as first responders in rural Alaska when disasters such as fires, lost persons, and medical emergencies strike. They also provide the only consistent law enforcement and crime prevention services in the majority of Alaskan villages, which are without police forces and resident State Troopers. Under current State law (AS 18.65.670-680), regional nonprofit corporations receive grants to administer the VPSO Program. HB 106 would amend the law to enable boroughs with fewer than 10,000 residents to receive VPSO funds and administer the Program in place of regional nonprofit corporations.
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