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The Alaska State Senate passed Senate Bill 7, which requires the Department of Public Safety to post its officer conduct policies and procedures on their state website.

Sponsored by Senator Elvi Gray-Jackson (D-Anchorage), the bill had input from public safety agencies throughout the state, including the Anchorage Police Department, Anchorage Police Employees Association, Public Safety Employees Association, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

The bill passed 13-0 with bi-partisan support. Voting in favor were Senators Tom Begich, Elvi Gray-Jackson, Roger Holland, Shelley Hughes, Scott Kawasaki, Jesse Kiegl, Peter Micciche, Keven Myers, Lora Reinbold, Mike Shower, Gary Stevens, Bill Wielechowski and David Wilson voting in favor. Senators Click Bishop, Mia Costello, Lyman Hoffman, Donny Olson, Josh Revak and Bert Stedman were excused, and Sen. Natasha von Imhof was absent.

Sen. Gray-Jackson said the bill is “just one brick in the foundation to create more open and transparent policing standards.” said Sen. Gray-Jackson.

SB 7 is part of a multi-bill package Gray-Jackson is pushing that deals with law enforcement practices in Alaska. Some of her other bills and far more controversial and may meet considerable resistance in the Legislature. They address chokehold bans, policies dealing with de-escalation and verbal warnings, the prohibition of shooting at moving vehicles and officers’ use of force during an arrest.

SB 7 now heads to the House of Representatives.

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AK Senate passes bill requiring state to post police officer policies online

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.