3 Alaska village public safety officers to firearms training at trooper academy

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BETHEL, Alaska — Three village public safety officers will be the first to receive firearms training at the public safety training academy in Sitka.

Bethel radio station KYUK (http://is.gd/2RVf46 ) reports VPSOs from Hooper Bay and Noatak, as well as a roving VPSO based in Fairbanks, are advancing to the training.

The training follows a legislative bill signed into law last year to allow VPSOs to carry firearms for the first time. The officers are not state employees but employees of nonprofits, although they are under the supervision of Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers say 18 other VPSOs who initially showed interest in taking part did not continue in the program.

According to troopers, some VPSOs could not pass a physical fitness test. Other VPSOs had concerns about using deadly force in their small communities.


Information from: KYUK-AM, http://www.kyuk.org

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