The Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) program, conceived of in 1979 is funded by the State of Alaska through the Department of Public Safety (DPS), and provides rural Alaskan communities with needed public safety support services.What is a village public safety officer (VPSO)?
“VPSOs partnering with rural Alaskans to improve safety and quality of life.” The Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) program began in 1979 as a concept to address rural public safety.What is an Alaska virtual police services officer (VPSO)?
VPSO work with other public safety professionals such as Village Police Officers and Alaska State Troopers. A VPSO can provide emergency medical response, search and rescue operations, fire prevention and suppression, disaster preparedness and response, public safety education, and community policing.How many VPSO programs are there?
The statewide VPSO program is divided into 10 individual programs. Each program is administered by the participating organization which employs and supervises the VPSO. The participating organization, or grantee manages daily operations and work with the local communities which receive VPSO services.