Officials looking at new ways to add to VPSOs

Feb 11, 2013 -- 9:45am


- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The state is looking at new ways to recruit and retain village public safety officers as it continues to struggle to fill the program's ranks. Since the start of his term, Gov. Sean Parnell has made strengthening the program a priority. But the job is tough, and the turnover rate is high. Village public safety officers, or VPSOs, serve as first responders in their communities. They don't carry guns but do have other equipment used by law enforcement officers. They can effectively be on call 24-7, and needed to respond to emergencies ranging from a crime to fire to search and rescue operation. Ideas to improve recruitment and retention include shifts of two-weeks on, two-weeks off and job-sharing, or having a position split between two people.

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