Troopers: New rural Alaska unit to focus on violent crimes

Alaska State Troopers say a new unit has been created to focus on violent crimes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region.

Troopers say a patrol sergeant and two patrol troopers from the Bethel post have been assigned to the new violent offenders unit.

Officials say the unit officially will be established on Tuesday. The changes have been occurring since mid-September, however.

Trooper Capt. Barry Wilson says the establishment of the new unit will make it possible for other Bethel patrol troopers to focus on their investigations, as well as on community policing.

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