Martin Oulton and Michael Shawgo of the Bethel Police Department recently graduated from the Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka on November 9th, 2017.
Their class totaled 24, including three state troopers, two wildlife troopers and two Village Public Safety Officers. The graduation ceremony at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Tribal Community House concludes Alaska Law Enforcement Training (ALET) Session No. 1702.
To get to this point, the 24 law enforcement students from around the state went through 1009 hours of training in the 15-week basic ALET. The training incorporates intensive instruction in law enforcement-related topics, physical fitness and many scenario-based exercises – all designed to prepare entry level police officers, Village Public Safety Officers and troopers for a successful career in Alaska law enforcement.
The graduates including the Bethel officers are:
Manuel Beza, Fairbanks Police Department
John Brown, VPSO – Central Council Tlingit & Haida
Clinton Brubeck, Fairbanks Police Department
Spencer Burgin, Seward Police
Scott Corino, Alaska State Trooper
Jack Ford, Sitka Police Department
Nicholas Franklin, Kenai Police Department
Kyle Freeberg, Alaska Wildlife Trooper
Cameron Glodowski, Fairbanks Airport Police & Fire
Kelcey Harrison, Alaska State Trooper
Austin Heusser, Soldotna Police Department
Samuel Humphreys, Sitka Police Department
Caleb Lloyd, Alaska State Trooper
Heath McCrimmon, Fairbanks Airport Police & Fire
Olivia Nolywaika, Alaska Wildlife Trooper
Martin Oulton, Bethel Police Department
Jason Pace, Fairbanks Police Department
Alexander Reed, Valdez Police
Robert Schooler, Fairbanks Airport Police & Fire
Michael Shawgo, Bethel Police Department
Robert Stratton, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
Josh Wagner, VPSO – Bristol Bay Native Association
Adam White, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
Philip White, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
After graduation, the five Alaska State Trooper recruits continue their training at the academy for an additional three weeks. This training session is often referred to as Trooper Basic. The trooper recruits receive more tailored and advanced training during this session in fish and wildlife investigations, boating safety, survival, commercial fisheries enforcement, media relations, critical stress management, patrol rifle training and search and rescue. They are also exposed to additional scenario-based training events.
Upon completion of Trooper Basic, trooper recruits will move to their first duty assignment in either Fairbanks, Soldotna or the Mat-Su Valley and begin a 12-week Field Training and Evaluation Program. All trooper recruits are expected to develop to the point of being able to perform all law enforcement functions independently and if successful, will be promoted to trooper upon the successful completion of their probationary period, generally 12 months from the start of the academy.