by DPS Staff
ALET Session #21-01 includes nine Alaska State Troopers, as well as recruits from several city, state, and borough police agencies.
In a graduation ceremony in Sitka 21 new law enforcement officers received their badges today (June 11th, 2021). The ceremony was closed to the public, but those that are interested can watch a video recording on the Alaska State Troopers Facebook page.
“Congratulations to Alaska’s newest law enforcement officers for completing the world-class training at the Alaska Law Enforcement Training Academy,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy. “Your willingness to serve your community and state is noticed and appreciated by many, including myself. Thank you for your stepping up to protect and serve Alaskans all over the state, I look forward to seeing the good work you do.”
Graduating recruits completed more than 1,000 hours of training over the course of 16 weeks of basic Alaska Law Enforcement Training. Schooling included intensive instruction in law enforcement-related topics, physical fitness, and many scenario-based exercises designed to prepare entry-level police officers and Troopers for successful careers in Alaska law enforcement.
“As a graduate from this very academy 38 years ago I know that the Alaska Law Enforcement Training Academy and its top-notch instructors produce the finest law enforcement officers in the nation,” said Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Cockrell. “Thousands of people get to call themselves law enforcement officers in our country, but only a select few are responsible for law enforcement in the largest state in the nation; today these 21 fine men and women join hundreds of professionals that protect Alaskans each and every day.”
Patrick Brown – VPSO – Central Council Tlingit & Haida
Colten Buie – Alaska State Troopers
Joshua Connolly – Craig Police Department
Daniel Dicken – Alaska State Troopers
Kyle Franklin – Anchorage Airport Police and Fire Department
Bradley Gullikson – Alaska State Troopers
Karl Hermann – Alaska State Parks
Keith Klingen – Alaska State Troopers
Travis Koerner – Fairbanks Police Department
Jeffrey Leath – Alaska State Troopers
Frankie Medina – Alaska State Troopers
Richard Meunier – Sitka Police Department
Andrew Parker – University of Alaska Fairbanks Police Department
Anthony Recco – Unalaska Police Department
Souchoy Saephanh – VPSO – Northwest Arctic Borough
Travis Savetilik – VPSO – Kawerak Inc.
Joshua Schoeffel – Alaska State Troopers
Austin Thomas – Juneau Police Department
Owen Walsh – Juneau Police Department
Jeremy Warzewick – Alaska State Troopers
Andrew Wilkins – Alaska State Troopers
Following graduation, the nine Trooper recruits will continue their training at the academy for an additional two weeks. The “Trooper Basic” training includes tailored and advanced training in fish and wildlife investigations, boating safety, survival, commercial fisheries enforcement, search and rescue, and critical stress management. Recruits also participate in additional scenario-based trainings.
Upon completion of Trooper Basic, recruits will move toward their first duty assignments 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. If successful, the Trooper recruits will be promoted to the rank of Trooper upon completion of their probationary period, generally 12 months from the start of the academy.