Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain
July 20, 2018
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Working together as a community for wise use of our public safety resources, we can continue to improve public safety and provide safer neighborhoods for Alaska's families. In this newsletter, we have compiled a number of resources to keep you informed of public safety incidents, aware of ways to report crime, and involved in achieving better safety outcomes in our community.
Public Safety Newsletter
Watch for our Public Safety Newsletter in your mailbox this week! You can also view an online version by clicking the image below:
Email and Text Alerts
NIXLE allows you to receive information from the Anchorage Police Department - either via text, email, or the web. Know about major road closures, public safety incidents, and what your police department is up to. If you would rather follow NIXLE updates online, visit: https://local.nixle.com/anchorage-police-department/.
Crime Mapping System
Using the Community Crime Map, residents can stay informed about crime in their area, view information about the incidents that occur, and sign up for crime alerts. To learn how to use RAIDS Online, click here for a video tutorial, or click here and scroll down for written instructions.
Crime Prevention & Safety Tips
The Anchorage Police Department offers a full list of crime prevention and safety tips to keep your family, home, and belongs safe and secure.
Social Media Alerts
Follow the Anchorage Police Department and the Anchorage Fire Department on social media to get updates on public safety, major fire events, and fire awareness tips.
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Ways to Report Crime
In an emergency—which is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, the fire department, or an ambulance, including observing a crime in progress—please call 911!
In addition, there are other resources for reporting criminal activity.
Anchorage 3-1-1 Non-Emergency System
Anchorage now has a 3-1-1, non-emergency system! The Municipality of Anchorage recently announced the launch of a new telephone directory designed to make reaching city services, such as APD’s non-emergency line, quicker and easier to access.
Residents are encouraged to dial 3-1-1 in all non-emergency situations that are not life-threatening.
The new Anchorage 3-1-1 line streamlines access to APD’s non-emergency line, ultimately opening up the 9-1-1 line for urgent calls, and also serves as a general directory for frequently contacted departments such as Street Maintenance, Code Enforcement, the Mayor’s Office, Traffic, the Municipal Clerk’s Office, Fees and Taxes, Vehicle Impound, and Health and Human Services.
Anchorage Crime Stoppers
Anchorage Crime Stoppers is an anonymous tip line that encourages citizens in the community to volunteer vital information helpful to law enforcement agencies to fight against crime. Callers are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the given information leads to the arrest of a wanted felon or solves a felony crime.
Call the hotline at 561-STOP or submit a tip online.
Anchorage Police Online Reporting System
Using the Anchorage Police Online Reporting System, citizens can submit information online to report drug information, identity theft, lost property, theft, theft from a vehicle, vandalism, vehicle tampering, etc. To file a report, click here.
How to Get Involved
The Anchorage Coalition of Community Patrols is an organization that offers uniformity, equipment, and access to grants for community patrols. Community patrol members help patrol streets and neighborhoods, assist citizens and officers as needed, standby for tows and stranded motorists, search for missing children and at-risk adults, and provide a number of other duties.
For more information about community patrols, or to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neighborhood Crime Watch is a citizen involvement, neighborhood, and community-based effort designed to assist citizens and the police in reducing crime and increasing a sense of safety and security in a neighborhood. It is a crime prevention program that is effective in reducing and preventing burglaries and other property crimes in residential areas.
Trail Watch taps into our community passion for trails by recruiting trail users to help promote safety and prevent crime. Volunteers receive safety training, agree to carry cell phones, wear distinctive armbands, report suspicious activity, and post incident reports on the Trail Watch website. Click here to begin the short application process.
Anchorage Police Department Citizen Academy
The Anchorage Police Department Citizen Police Academy program is a 13-week long course that promotes and enhances citizen understanding and awareness of the role of the APD in our community. Participants cover a number of topics, such as crime prevention, patrol procedures, cyber-crime, homicide investigations and evidence collection, and emergency preparedness.
The application for the Citizens Academy is now available. This application will remain on-line until the class is full or August 24, whichever occurs first.
Visit www.muni.org/ancworks on your desktop, tablet or mobile phone to select the department, fill out a short form and choose your category. Each request will receive a case number, allowing users to track the progress of their issue at any time.
Anchorage Safety Patrol and Center
The Anchorage Safety Patrol actively patrols the downtown and midtown areas in search of persons that may be in need of assistance. If you see a person who appears to be incapacitated by alcohol or drugs, you can call 343-4006 and an ASP van with an Emergency Medical Technician will be dispatched to the location. Persons are then either transported to the Anchorage Safety Center or taken to the hospital for further care.
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:
2018 Alaska Aviation Festival
Celebrate Alaska's rich aviation legacy and the 30th birthday of the Alaska Aviation Museum. Join the fun — live music, food vendor carnival, adult refreshments, kid and family activities, fun and information booths, book author signings, low-level aircraft fly-bys. Tickets are $10. Under age 18 is free, along with active duty military and dependents. Free parking and shuttle provided by Alaska Park at International Airport & Spenard Road.
When: Sunday, July 22 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Visit the Facebook event page for more information and to RSVP.
6th Annual Beer and Bacon Festival
Anchorage's favorite festival is back with its two favorite things: Beer and Bacon! Tickets are $50 per person ($25 for those pregnant or designated drivers), with proceeds raised going to the American Cancer Society Patient Lodging Crisis Fund.
When: Saturday, July 28 from 1:00 – 6:00 PM
Sand Lake Community Council Picnic
Get to know our neighbors and share delicious food at the 2nd Annual Sand Lake Community Council Picnic. Bring your favorite dish to share. Fun and food for the whole family!
When: Thursday, August 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Visit the Facebook event page for more information.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.