Many Alaska villages have no local police. How do we keep them safe?

Alaska State Troopers (KNOM file photo)

In Alaska, many communities are only accessible by boat or air. That presents a challenge for ensuring public safety when back-up or help could be hours away. The Anchorage Daily News reports 1 in 3 Alaska villages lacks adequate law enforcement. We’ll discuss how to ensure the safety of all Alaskans, both on and off the road system on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Kyle Hopkins, reporter, Anchorage Daily News
  • Amanda Price, commissioner, Department of Public Safety, State of Alaska
  • Ely Cyrus, city administrator, City of Kiana


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 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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