Anchorage Update
  April / 2010
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Focus on street level crime leads to surge in drug arrests Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan

Recently, the Anchorage Police Dept. refocused its drug enforcement efforts on the variety of street level crime that directly affects our neighborhoods. As a result, the numbers of arrests for drug-related crimes surged. In a six-month period from September 1, 2009 to February 28, 2010, Chief Mark Mew reports that officers seized more than 11,603 grams of meth, 5,626 grams of cocaine and crack, 3,058 grams of marijuana, 75 firearms and $815,566 in cash. With this new effort there have been 162 drug investigations resulting in 168 arrests or arrest warrants, 12 cases pending federal prosecution for a total of 274 felony charges and 182 misdemeanor charges. The focus on street-level crime is in alignment with the mayor's goal of returning to community policing, where officers concentrate their efforts on high crime areas. This in turn should make our streets and neighborhoods safer.
APD Chief Mew at Mayor's press conference

APD Chief Mew and the Mayor

Anchorage Fire Dept. wins prestigious national award for cardiac care

The Anchorage Fire Department (AFD) was honored last week with the 2010 Heart Safe Community Award by the International Association of Fire Chiefs. The prestigious award recognizes the implementation of creative approaches to improving therapies for patients with acute coronary syndromes and life-threatening,
sudden cardiac arrest. The AFD's program was chosen from among hundreds of similar initiatives offered by Emergency Medical Service providers throughout North America. Anchorage is among the very top tier of cities in survival from out of hospital cardiac arrest. Each year the percentage survival from the condition known as ventricular fibrillation has improved in Anchorage. "This is proof of how well trained and professional our AFD first responders are," said Mayor Sullivan. "The entire community should be proud of this impressive award."
APD creates new tool for citizens to report traffic problems

With springtime finally here, it's time to think about all the new road hazards (kids outside, bicyclists, gravel, bare roads interspersed with icy spots, wildlife, etc.) The Anchorage Police Dept. is mindful of the increased risk and has created a new tool citizens can use to keep their neighborhoods safe. In order to better serve the community, APD now sponsors a hotline, the Traffic Enforcement Request Line, where residents can leave messages reporting areas which they feel need increased enforcement. Aggressive traffic law enforcement is a time-tested method for reducing accidents and promoting good driving. The new hotline number is 786-8949, and citizens are encouraged to leave a message with the location, time of day and description of the traffic problems they observe. In response, the APD Traffic Unit can beef up enforcement in these problem areas.
Native emerging leaders group

Mayor Sullivan meets with members of the Native Emerging Leaders Forum at
City Hall.

Got a speeding ticket? Pay that fine online! 

Rather than mailing a check, or bringing a citation to APD headquarters or the courthouse for payment, citizens now have the option of accessing the APD web page (linked from the main site) and selecting the "Pay Traffic Citations Online" link to pay APD fines. The secure web site allows citations to be paid by credit card, and provides a printable receipt. This option is for traffic citations only. It cannot be used for parking citations, which are paid to the Anchorage Community Development Authority. Correctable citations (i.e. expired tags) must still be brought to APD Headquarters for dismissal along with proof that the reason for the citation issuance has been corrected.
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In This Issue
Focus on street level crime
Anchorage Fire Dept wins
APD creates new tool
Got a speeding ticket

Appearance Schedule

  • April 20
    Assembly Meeting
  • April 21
    Energy Task Force
  • April 24
    Native Youth Olympic Games
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