In Alaska, one in three communities do not have a full-time law enforcement presence. AVCP advocates for public safety as a basic right for all Alaskans.

The Village Public Safety Officer Program began in the AVCP region in 1979. It is a statewide program, overseen by the Alaska Department of Public Safety, and administered through grants to tribal consortia and one municipal government in rural Alaska. Through this program, AVCP recruits, trains, and employs.

VPSO’s are the first responders of rural Alaska. As dedicated public safety professionals, they protect their communities by providing law enforcement.

Officers also are trained to assist with:

Providing community leadership

Search and rescues

Emergency medical services

Probation and parole monitoring

Preserving crime scenes

Conducting misdemeanor investigations

Serving as school resource officers/D.A.R.E. instructors

Fire protection

Housing is gifted to VPSOs by the local tribe. Vehicles are provided in some cases. Public safety buildings, including holding cells, are owned and maintained by the tribe or municipality.
“The presence of VPSO officers has a significant impact on improving the quality of life in the participating villages.”

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A: To successfully qualify for the program, applicants must meet certain citizenship, general education, physical, and medical/psychological requirements. They must also be free from all felonies, more than two DWI convictions, and certain misdemeanor offenses occurring with the past 5-10 years. To learn more about the current requirements as specified by the State of Alaska’s Department of Public Safety, visit

A: Yes, they are compensated and benefitted positions. Successful applicants are eligible for raises after completing training and their first year of service. They also participate in annual performance reviews where they are eligible for subsequent merit increases.

A: Interested applicants can complete an employment application on the AVCP Careers Site.

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