Notice of Proposed Changes in the Regulations of the Department of Public Safety; Village Public Safety Officers

Notice of Proposed Changes in the Regulations of the Department of Public Safety


The Department of Public Safety proposes to change regulations related to arming Village Public Safety Officers. 

The  Department  of  Public  Safety  proposes  to  adopt  regulation  changes  in  Title  13  of  the  Alaska Administrative Code, dealing with Village Public Safety Officers, including the following:

(1)        13 AAC 96.040(b) is proposed to be changed as follows:

             Paragraph (6) is changed to require written notice to the department when a village public safety officer points a firearm in the direction of any person while on duty, and to delete the written notice requirement in instances when a village public safety officer carries a handgun while on duty;

             Wording under paragraph (7) that prohibits grant funds from being used for the purchase or lease of firearms equipment is deleted;

             Paragraph (8) is amended to allow a village public safety officer to carry a firearm in the performance of the officer’s duties; and

             A new paragraph (9) is added to require notification to the department of the name of each village public safety officer that is authorized to carry a firearm in the performance of the officer’s duties.

(2)        A new section, 13 AAC 96.105, is proposed to be added. The intent of the new section is to specify the additional training requirements for village public safety officers who will carry a firearm in the performance of their duties.

You may comment on the proposed regulation changes, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the proposed changes, by submitting written comments to Mr. Jordan Rubio at 5700 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99507. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile at (907) 375-6416 or through the Alaska Online Public Notice System, by accessing this notice on the system and using the "comment" link. The comments must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on January 17, 2014.

If you are a person with a disability who needs a special accommodation in order to participate in this process, please contact Mr. Jordan Rubio at (907) 334-2243 or no later than January 3, 2014, to ensure that any necessary accommodations can be provided.

For a copy of the proposed regulation changes, contact Mr. Jordan Rubio at (907) 334-2243 or go to

After the public comment period ends, the Department of Public Safety will either adopt the proposed regulation changes or other provisions dealing with the same subject, without further notice, or decide to take  no action.  The  language  of  the  final  regulations  may  be  different  from  that  of  the  proposed regulations. You should comment during the time allowed if your interests could be affected. Written comments received are public records and are subject to public inspection. 

Statutory Authority: AS 18.65.670

Statutes Being Implemented,  Interpreted, or Made Specific: AS 18.65.670

Fiscal   Information:   It  is  estimated   that   the  proposed   regulation   changes   will  require   increased appropriations as follows:  FY 2015, $62.6; FY 2016, $0.0; FY 2017, $0.0; FY 2018, $0.0.

Keith L. Mallard, Acting Commissioner

DATE: November 18. 2013


(AS 44.62.190(d))

1.   Adopting agency: Department of Public Safety                                                                            

2.   General subject of regulation: Arming of Village Public Safety Officers                                      

3.   Citation of regulation (may be grouped): 13 AAC 96                                                                   

4.   Department of Law file number, if any: JU2013200783                                                              

5.   Reason for the proposed action:  development of program standards

6.   Appropriation/Allocation: Village Public Safety Officer Program/Village Public Safety Officer Prog.     

7.   Cost of implementation to the state agency and available funding (in thousands of dollars):

                                                Initial Year       Subsequent

                                                 FY 2015          Years

Operating Cost                         $62.6               $               

Capital Cost                             $                      $               

1002 Federal receipts               $                      $               

1003 General fund match        $                      $               

1004 General fund                  $62.6               $               

1005 General fund/program   $                      $               

1037 General fund/
mental health                        $                      $               

Other                                       $                      $               

8.   The name of the contact person for the regulations:

Name Jordan Rubio                                                    

Title Administrative Assistant I                          

Address 5700 East Tudor Road                                Telephone (907) 334-2243                    

              Anchorage, AK 99507                                E-mail address           


9.   The origin of the proposed action:   staff of state agency

10. Date: November 18, 2013     

Prepared by: Keith L. Mallard                                                 

Title: Acting Commissioner                                                    

Telephone: (907) 269-5086    

Attachments, History, Details



Revision History

Created 11/25/2013 3:31:42 PM by reramos
Modified 11/26/2013 2:35:15 PM by reramos
Modified 11/27/2013 12:25:57 PM by reramos


Department: Public Safety
Category: Regulations
Sub-Category: Notice of Proposed Regulations
Location(s): Statewide
Project/Regulation #: JU2013200783
Publish Date: 11/25/2013
Archive Date: 1/18/2014