In partnership with the Alaska Department of Public Safety, and the Association for Village Council Presidents (AVCP) Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) Program, Yuut Elitnaurviat offers and coordinates various Public Safety trainings.
Basic VPO/TPO Academy
The Basic Village Police Officer (VPO)/ Tribal Police Officer (TPO) Academy is held one a year around the end of May, and lasts for two weeks. Basic Academy participants take training in: Basic First Aid/CPR, Report writing, Defensive Tactics, Ethics, Domestic Violence, Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), Drug and Alcohol Procedures, as well as many other aspects of being a rural Police Officer in Alaska.
Advanced VPO/TPO Academy
The Advanced Village Police Officer (VPO)/ Tribal Police Officer (TPO) Academy is held when funding is available. Participants take classes which build on those learned in the Basic VPO/TPO Academy and include topics like: Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), Search Warrants, and Defensive Tactics.
Regional VPSO Training
For Village Public Safety Officers (VPSOs) employed by AVCP there is a regional training held for a week during October. The training covers: Probation and Parole, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, Juvenile Procedures, and other subjects also covered in the VPO/TPO academies. Anyone interested in becoming a VPSO, can contact AVCP at: (907) 543-7391 or (907) 543-7392.
Requirements for Program Applicants
- Must be a minimum of nineteen (19) years old.
- Must be currently employed by a municipality, tribe, or traditional council
- Must not be on probation.
- Must be able to pass a limited background check.
- Class will be every day for two weeks including most nights. Participants must live on campus full-time.
- No drugs are alcohol are allowed on the YE campus. Offenders will be removed from the program.
- No Driver License is required.
- Employers are not responsible for per-diem and lodging while participant is enrolled in training.
- Airfare, uniforms, class training, food and lodging paid for upon acceptance to program.
For more information please contact the Alaska State Troopers VPSO Program:
Office Phone: (907) 245-4524, Toll Free: (888) 619-1410