DPS, APFO, & Municipal Board Meetings will be held:
December 7th, 8th and 9th, 2016
DPS Meeting will be: December 7th and 8th, 2016
APFO, Municipal and PSEA Corporate Board meeting will begin December 8th, 2016
If you are interested in attending the meetings in-person or through teleconference,
please contact Ashlea @PSEA 907-337-1979
Alaska State Trooper Anne Sears lauded at national union convention in Las Vegas
Anchorage, AK –
Alaska State Trooper Anne Sears was honored for receiving the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) “Never Quit” Award last Thursday. Sears was named a winner of the award during a special presentation during the AFSCME 42nd Biennial Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nearly 6000 delegates and guests cheered for Sears and more than a few teared up as they learned about her devotion to the people of Alaska. In a career spent investigating domestic violence, child abuse and alcohol and drug offenses, Anne works for justice for the most vulnerable every single day.
The Never Quit Service award honors AFSCME members who regularly demonstrate great pride and dedication to their work. It highlights public service workers who go the extra mile in their work every day and show their neighbors, friends, and family what it truly means to serve their community and state. They never quit doing their best job while on the job.
Sears has worked as a Trooper for the Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS) for 15 years. Her job posts include in Fairbanks, Nome, Palmer, and Galena. Over her career, she has protected and served Alaskans through her work in the DPS rural, drug and alcohol, and the Alaska Bureau of Investigation (ABI) units. Prior to service as an Alaska State Trooper, she worked for the Juneau Police Department. Anne is proud graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School.
AFSCME honored 12 members last week from across the country with three different Never Quit awards: those for activism, innovation and service.
“I never expected to be honored like this. I just love helping the people of Alaska. My work as an Alaska State Trooper means so much to me, and I can’t imagine doing anything else,” said Sears.
PSEA sponsored an ‘Impact Teen Driving Training’ in Fairbanks. The training was on distracted driving and the importance of being observant behind the wheel . The instructor was Kelly Browning with Impact Teen Driving. This class was through our Champions charity with the goal of community outreach in an effort to improve relations between officers and the public. If you would like more information, please visit the website below.
JUNEAU — The wife and three daughters left behind by Alaska State Trooper Sgt. Scott Johnson, shot dead while responding to a 2014 call for help in Tanana, lost health insurance coverage just weeks after the 23-year veteran was murdered. So did the family of Trooper Gabe Rich, who was killed in the same incident.
Under current state policy, family members of law enforcement officers and firefighters who die on the job lose coverage at the end of the month in which the policyholder dies.
“I took all the information in and decided that it just wasn’t right,” said Brandy Johnson, the sergeant’s wife of 19 years, during a visit to the State Capitol pushing lawmakers to pass House Bill 66. “I’m doing this for my husband, myself, my three daughters, two other spouses of officers who were killed in the line of duty, and future surviving spouses and their families.”
The push for a policy change began when Johnson sent a letter to former Gov. Sean Parnell, who worked with the Legislature to get the funds needed to pay for the families’ insurance while a long-term change is weighed.
House Majority Leader Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, is now carrying the bill and said Wednesday she believes it will gain traction now that an operating budget is out of the House awaiting review from a conference committee. Previously, committees were prohibited from reviewing bills without a fiscal impact.
“This is a small way of saying, ‘We appreciate your spouse’s service.'” Millett said. “Ultimately, it’s the right thing to do. When a person puts themselves in harm’s way to protect other Alaskans, this is really the right thing to do.”
The family of Trooper Tage Toll, who died in a 2013 helicopter crash, may also be affected by the bill.
While the bill was introduced at the beginning of the 29th Legislature in 2015, it has received little attention while sitting in the Labor and Commerce Committee. Part of the problem was that it previously was modified to include all state employees, not just law enforcement officers and firefighters, Millett said.
With a narrower focus, there is a significantly smaller fiscal impact to state government, facing a nearly $4 billion gap between revenue and spending. An exact cost estimate is still being prepared, and it is unclear when the bill will get picked up by the Labor and Commerce Committee.
Other changes include continuing coverage for children of deceased officers and firefighters until they are age 26, and making the coverage secondary if a spouse gets coverage through their employer or qualifies for Medicare.
PSEA Local 803 members, Ron Dupee, Jess Carson and Brian Wassman are prominently featured in AFSCME’s Proud to Protect and Serve film. See it here
Attention PSEA members !!!!
PSEA Local 803’s most important legislative priority this year is SSHB 66 and SB 202. These identical bills would provide medical insurance coverage to survivors and children of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. A link to SB 202 is located here for you review. http://www.psea.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Senate-Bill-NO.-202.pdf
Senator McGuire introduced SB 202 last week. It will be heard soon in the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee. In order for the bill to pass and become law, we need YOUR HELP ASAP.
The best and quickest support you can give on SB 202 is to send an email letter of support to Senator McGuire, at Senator.Lesil.McGuire@akleg.gov. To help you get a letter emailed quickly, PSEA is providing a sample letter you can use. The sample letter is below. You can use it and we also encourage you to write your own letter.
If you need any additional information or have questions, please call me at the office or write me at email@example.com.
PSEA Local 803
I respectfully thank you and your Committee for introducing SB 202. This legislation will provide families of those killed in the line of duty with health care benefits.
SB 202, as filed, provides for major medical for survivors. I respectfully ask and hope this includes preventative, dental and vision coverage. If not, I ask that you provide for this coverage. I hope you recognize the need and security medical coverage would provide to the families that have made the ultimate sacrifice.
I believe the State of Alaska recognizes the importance of ensuring that Troopers, police officers and firefighters know their families will be taken care of in the event that they are killed in the line of duty. Passing Senate Bill 202 will confirm that belief for the men and women who risk their lives to those families who have already suffered the ultimate loss.
Again, I thank you for introducing SB 202 and I ask that you and all Senators support Senate Bill 202. Please take care of the families of those peace officers who have been killed in the line of duty in the State of Alaska.
Thank you for your consideration of this important legislation.
JPD officers aid man, dog with ice cream bars | Juneau Empire – Alaska’s Capital City Online Newspaper
It’s not how officers typically resolve a situation, but sometimes a little creativity — and ice cream — can get the job done.
On Tuesday, a 52-year-old man became verbally and physically aggressive with his caretaker, who is also his mother, according to a press release by the Juneau Police Department.
Officers were dispatched to the scene at 12:46 p.m. The patrol officers determined the underlying cause was a mental health issue.
At the scene, Sgt. Chris Gifford and officers John Cryderman and Patrick Taylor were able to engage the man in conversation, controlling his movements while calling for Detective Sterling Salisbury, a Critical Incident Team officer.
Salisbury worked with Gifford to negotiate with the man to exchange a 6-pound Pomeranian he was holding for ice cream bars Salisbury purchased at a nearby store. The man also agreed to assisted transportation to Bartlett Regional Hospital, according to police.
Lt. Kris Sell said in a statement that the department regularly uses creative means to solve problems in the field to avoid the use of force. There is a more formal structure and training for this type of problem solving, but officers are encouraged to use creative tools when it is safe to do so.
I wanted to share some thoughts with you that came to mind after attending the Western States Trooper Coalition (WSTC) and California Association of Highway Patrolman (CAHP) conference. I hope I can convey to you just a little bit of what I learned.
The WSTC was a forum that was put together by CAHP after many years of no confidence in the National Troopers Coalition (NTC). Many of the western states were considering leaving this group and this brings us to today. WSTC allows the western states to come together and share what’s working and what’s not in their respective states. This also allows each state to learn new things. So in short this is invaluable. NTC has had some new leadership and for the time being most Western States are sticking with NTC. Regardless of this, WSTC allows the west to get more out of the time spent together.
As an understatement, I learned a lot. Every state and association is facing their own unique issues. Some have better funded pensions, some have retirement systems similar to ours, some have great pay, some not so much. Agencies are dealing with bad radios, new cars doing strange things, and of course, dealing with the new public attitude towards law enforcement.
California has started to jump out in front of trying to change public opinion. They have a public trust, public service campaign they are partnering with the CHP to develop. It is more introspective where they are trying to change how their officers deal with the public but still maintain their ability to be warriors. I think we do a ok job at this ourselves. Could it be better? Yes.
They stressed public service. In basic terms our job is to serve the public. We get paid pretty well to do it. We need to focus on this. If we put that value first we can start gain public trust. Additionally this means that we need to remember that we do this job because we like helping people. We need to get back to doing the little things that restore this trust. If we are doing this strictly for the money then there is a problem. I believe in this. I think we should be well compensated for we do. It’s dangerous, it’s taxing on our family. However, we are paid well! So let’s keep doing this job for the right reasons. Let’s serve the people of Alaska.
Perhaps the most important training topic was shown to us in a video. I am hoping to get a copy of this because it is powerful. The video is that of a CHP officer that lost his job because of some preventable actions by the officer. It boils down to negativity. We often talk about this and that part of our jobs suck. A big thing as of late is our budget. I am guilty of being negative about this and other things. When we become so negative about certain aspects of our job we get in a hole. We also bring down those around us. We also experience cumulative issues. Dealing with some of the terrible things we see can’t bring us further down. And when we stop listening to people close to us we are ready to self destruct.
When we find ourselves complaining about going to a village or investigating something petty we need to realize this our job. It is what we signed up to do. When we start feeling negative about these things we need to pull ourselves out of it and focus on what we are here to do and what our jobs are.
I can’t tell you things with the department aren’t going to get worse or if you should stay. I encourage you to make decisions that are best for yourself and your family. What I am asking, and pledging to do myself is re-center and focus on why we are in law enforcement, to change the negativity in to something positive.
PSEA DPS Chapter Vice President
DPS President Jess Carson, myself and the rest of the PSEA staff are committed to making your lives better. That’s why we are here, to support you, the membership.
President Carson and I have some pretty exciting ideas that we think can directly impact you all in a positive manner. I wanted to take a few minutes to write to you all about fitness and nutrition. I would like this to be a an open forum because I am not the expert on this. I can give you some tips on what works for me and others and hope that you learn something.
What stops us from being fit and eating healthy? You can pretty much pick any excuse in the book in this one. No time, worked too late, can’t get up early enough, no gym, I work patrol and I can’t find the time to eat. It goes on and on.
We can fix this problem. We can make our lives better, fix some of our emotional issues, makes us better Troopers and Officers so that we can effectively serve the people of Alaska and more importantly, go home at the end of the day.
For this short introductory note I want to talk about having a Fitness Goal. What do we want to do? Lose weight, gain muscle, strength, endurance, summer body etc. The most important thing, pick it! There are probably a thousand plans out there that would fit your goals. Just pick one and stick with it. I suggest you pick a program that lasts 4 to 12 weeks. Depending on your enthusiasm you might become bored or you may actually just plateau as your body naturally adjusts. Additionally by picking this goal it something that you can finish in a relative short period of time.
When picking this goal keep the following things in mind. How much time do you have? What facilities and equipment do you have? Do you have support at home for this? These questions will help guide you.
I’m going to attach some links to some programs that you might find helpful. Now that you have a plan, we need to talk about nutrition. That will be the next topic. Nutrition is going to be the struggle but it is almost more important then getting our butts in the gym.
Here are some links that I find useful in researching and planning fitness programs.
I hope this motivates you. Please contact me here or at my email if you have any questions.
PSEA DPS Chapter Vice President