LISTEN: How do we improve law enforcement in rural Alaska?

Village Public Safety Officers serve as local search and rescue, firefighters, police, and emergency responders. (Photo by Alanna Elder/KFSK)

Rural Alaska communities suffer some of the highest rates of violence and lawlessness in the country. Many communities have no local law enforcement and can wait days for state troopers to reach them to assist. Recently Attorney General William Barr visited southwest Alaska communities and pledged millions in emergency funds to begin addressing the problem. We’ll ask what else is needed on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Lloyd Miller, tribal rights lawyer
  • Walt Monegan, former Alaska State Public Safety Commissioner


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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