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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 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Michael Totten says:

    Just another SJW policy,, now the criminals will really start challenging the law. This will end in disaster

    • Nunyabizniz says:

      Don’t be so quick. The police are not always your friend. Look at j6 and the widespread police support for the various totalitarian covid regimes. Holding police accountable does not equal anti police.

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    I see not much good if any coming from this. Maybe this had bipartisan support but it’s more democratic control (agenda). Didn’t we have our turn in the bucket in 2016? My robbery was a joke. The criminal was walking down the street while I was still doing paperwork in the court house!

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    I don’t trust Elvi Gray-Jackson (D-Anchorage),

  • Andy says:

    The laws have become so watered down by the left, (yes this is liberals, progressives and democrats) that criminals walk free, this is simply a ludicrous adjustment to the passage of ludicrous laws they have put into effect, blame the folks who make the laws and set the turds loose not the officers. Remember when some idiot decided that the criminals should not be in jail and set them loose resulting in a huge crimes spree in Anchorage and the Valley? Yeah, it’s like that.