Alaska VPSO Ranks Top 100 for First Time in Years

Alaska State Troopers say the number of officers in the state's Village Public Safety Officer program has topped 100 for the first time in decades.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- Alaska State Troopers say the number of officers in the state's Village Public Safety Officer program has topped 100 for the first time in decades.

Troopers say the 101th VPSO was brought on board July 25 to work in New Stuyahok. The 100th VPSO was hired earlier in July for the village of Kiana.

According to troopers, it's the first time the program has topped 100 positions filled since the 1980s, when there were 130 positions filled.

The numbers have fluctuated over the years, falling to 45 filled positions at the end of 2007.

Currently, all but 20 of the 121 VPSO slots are filled.