Public Safety

In partnership with the Alaska Department of Public Safety, Alaska Police Standards Council, and the Association for Village Council Presidents, Yuut Elitnaurviat offers and coordinates various Public Safety training programs.


Basic VPO/TPO Academy*
The Basic Village Police Officer (VPO)/ Tribal Police Officer (TPO) Academy is held once a year around the end of May, and lasts for three 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, and lasts for three weeks. 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 vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • 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 three weeks including most nights. Participants must live on campus full-time.
  • No drugs or 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.

 For more information, please contact the Alaska State Troopers VPSO Program:
 Office Phone: (907) 269-5511


*This project (Basic & Advanced VPO/TPO Academies) was supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number 2020HEWXK002 awarded to Association of Village Council Presidents by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The opinions contained herein are those of the author(s) or contributor(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. References to specific individuals, agencies, companies, products, or services should not be considered an endorsement by the author(s), contributor(s), or the U.S. Department of Justice. Rather, the references are illustrations to supplement discussion of the issues. The internet references cited in this publication were valid as of the date of publication. Given that URLs and websites are in constant flux, neither the author(s) nor the COPS Office can vouch for their current validity.