Domestic Violence Response Policies (Alaska State Troopers)

Caitlin Russell filed this request with the Alaska State Troopers of Alaska .
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Alaska State Troopers
5700 East Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99507

March 3, 2017

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Alaska Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

-All department policies for state police officers responding to incidents of domestic violence

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Caitlin Russell

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From: Caitlin Russell

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Alaska Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

-All department policies for state police officers responding to incidents of domestic violence

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Caitlin Russell

From: DPSPublicInfo (DPS sponsored)

Hello Ms. Russell,

Your request has been received by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and will be assigned for processing. As I am reviewing your request, I see that you are following up on this request that was originally sent on March 1, 2017. I did a search in our e-mails and it appears that we did not receive your original request. I will use this request we received today March 3, 2017 as the request and like I mentioned before will get this assigned for review and response.

Thank You,
Tanya C. Silva
Administrative Assistant II

From: Hanzawa, Allison F (DPS)

Good afternoon Ms. Russell,

Per your information request received on March 3, 2017, I have attached the Alaska Department of Public Safety's policy on responding to incidents of domestic violence.
Please note that this policy is in the process of being updated, and specifically section 212.310 (B) will be rewritten to ensure it reflects our current practice and federal law; the update is in abeyance because there is pending state legislation on the topic. I expect an update will be finalized sometime this summer.
Please let me know if you need additional information.

Best,
Allison

Allison Hanzawa
Special Assistant to the Commissioner/Legislative Liaison
Department of Public Safety
(907) 465-5505

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From: Caitlin Russell

Hello,
Can you tell me how the enforcement of foreign protection orders is expected to change if the pending legislation passes? Thanks!
Caitlin

From: Hanzawa, Allison F (DPS)

Hi Caitlin,

Our practice will not change. Current state law says foreign protective orders must be filed with the Alaska Court, however that is in conflict with the federal law ( 18 U.S.C§ 2265 or " VAWA").The pending legislation aligns state law with existing federal requirements.

Our agency acts in compliance with the federal law as required. The policy I provided to you is over due for updating, and we will update to reflect our practice and the requirements of the federal law, irrespective of whether the pending state legislation passes ( it is HB 8, if you are interested: http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Bill/Detail/30?Root=HB%20%20%208#tab1_4 ).

We are holding off on redrafting the policy temporarily so that it can reflect the change in state law, if there is one. It is also possible that HB 8 will be amended to provide greater protections than the federal law requires, which would affect our program.

Hope this was helpful.

Best,
Allison

Allison Hanzawa
Special Assistant to the Commissioner/Legislative Liaison
Department of Public Safety
(907) 465-5505

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