A new crop of law enforcement officers graduated from the Alaska Law Enforcement Training Academy on June 25.

The ceremony in Sitka was closed to the public, but included 45 officers who completed more than 1,000 hours of training over the course of 17 weeks of basic training.

The schooling included intensive instruction in law enforcement-related topics, physical fitness, and many scenario-based exercises designed to prepare entry-level police officers and Troopers for successful careers in Alaska law enforcement.

“Congratulations to the first class of 2022 graduating from the Alaska Law Enforcement Training Academy,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy. “Serving Alaskans through public safety is honorable work. I appreciate these motivated individuals who want to make Alaska a safer and better place to live.”

The graduates include 20 Alaska State Troopers who will continue training at the academy for an additional week. The “Trooper Basic” training includes tailored and advanced training in fish and wildlife investigations, boating safety, survival, commercial fisheries enforcement, search and rescue, and critical stress management. Recruits also participate in additional scenario-based trainings.

Upon completion of Trooper Basic, recruits will move toward their first duty assignments in either Fairbanks, Soldotna, or the Mat-Su Valley, and begin a 12-week Field Training and Evaluation Program. All Trooper recruits are expected to develop to the point of being able to perform all law enforcement functions independently. If successful, the Trooper recruits will be promoted to the rank of Trooper upon completion of their probationary period, generally 12 months from the start of the academy.

The other 25 graduates will serve as police officers in communities across Alaska.

Here is a list of the graduates and their assignments.

45 new Alaska law enforcement officers receive their badges

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.


  • Neil DeWitt says:

    Good job all! Congratulations! Hope to never in the field!

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Now let them do there job.
    Congratulations too!!

  • Diana H. Graf says:

    A beautiful sight!!! Thank you Lord!!

  • Pam says:

    Good to know!
    Please can you cover an urgent issue we are facing in Alaska, and keep your readers updated. Thank you in advance.
    A COMPLAINT ABOUT AN ALASKA STATE COURT JUDGE – JENNIFER WELLS has been submitted today to Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct to Marla N. Greenstein, Exe., Dir. See PRESS RELEASE BELOW BY Daivd Haeg.
    Let’s all stand in solidarity with him. Please share to all your friends and ask them to share as well.
    On June 29, 2022, a Kenai grand jury, by majority vote, voted to investigate evidence of public corruption within Alaska’s judicial system. Deputy Attorney General John Skidmore; Judge Jennifer Wells; Presiding Judge William Morse; attorney Marla Greenstein (who investigated all 8000 Alaska judge complaints in the last 33 years); District Attorney Scot Leaders; Alaska Department of Law; Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct; Alaska Department of Public Safety; Alaska Bar Association; and Alaska Governor’s office would be investigated.
    Prior to witnesses being sworn or evidence presented, Judge Wells ordered the grand jury to stop investigating and permanently dismissed the grand jurors from duty. Jurors never got to see or hear anything; not even direct evidence that judge investigator Greenstein is falsifying official investigations to keep corrupt judges on the bench – or see proof there is an ongoing cover up.
    This makes six grand juries in the past four years that have been stopped by the same officials or entities that the grand juries were in the process of investigating for corruption.
    Article 1, Section 8 of Alaska’s constitution states: “The power of grand juries to investigate and make recommendations concerning the public welfare or safety shall never be suspended.”
    Comments by the 55 delegates who wrote Alaska’s Constitution confirm that grand juries (made up of normal citizens like you) are the public’s independent oversight of government officials and agencies: “The grand jury is preserved, for all purposes, particularly for investigation of public officials. The power of grand juries to inquire into the willful misconduct in office of public officers, and to find indictments in connection therewith, shall never be suspended. The grand jury can be appealed to directly, which is an invaluable right to the citizen.”
    The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly unanimously passed a resolution protesting the above unconstitutional suspension of grand jury investigations. KPBA’s legal department investigated and found that up to the early 1990’s grand jury investigations were common but then stopped – meaning there has been no independent oversight of any Alaskan official or agency for 30 years.
    The Kenai City Council, Homer City Council, Funny River Community Association Board, and Nikiski Community Council also unanimously passed resolutions and/or letters protesting.
    Alaskan citizens claim: (1) that grand jury investigations are their only independent oversight of government officials or agencies; (2) that this oversight has been corruptly stopped for over 30 years; (3) that this lack of oversight has led to widespread corruption involving the PFD, justice system, oil prices, elections, OCS, etc.; and (4) that no effective redress has occurred despite Alaska’s courts, Attorney General, and Governor being made aware of the problem years ago.
    Citing the continuing lack of response to this major constitutional crisis, a group of concerned Alaskans propose a sit-in at the Kenai Courthouse until the grand jury that was unconstitutionally suspended is called back and completes a thorough and public (TV, radio, and online coverage) investigation complete with recommendations and criminal indictments – with the grand jury given funds to pay for independent legal counsel and investigators to assist.
    All wishing to join a sit-in should email or text David Haeg at (907) 398-6403.
    To examine much evidence of public corruption yourself, visit: