SEX OFFENDERS WERE BECOMING COPS. AFTER OUR STORIES, ALASKA’S GOVERNOR WANTS THAT TO END. Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed law comes after Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica found that dozens of rural Alaskan police officers had been hired despite criminal convictions.
January 30, 2020
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy is proposing changes to state law that would improve police hiring standards and oversight after some villages hired police officers that were sex offenders or had been convicted of domestic violence.
The proposed legislation, introduced Monday, is intended to deter communities from appointing unqualified people as VPOs and to deter people with certain convictions from applying for the jobs, Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Megan Peters said.
An investigation published in July by the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica found some 34 VPOs had been