City Investigates the Anchorage Police Department
After former APD Officer Anthony Rollins was convicted of serial rape
ANCHORAGE – "We will be conducting an external investigation of the policies and procedures that the Anchorage Police Department utilizes in both the supervision and the disciplinary actions, when employees have infractions," said Mayor Dan Sullivan.
Shortly after 2 p.m. on Monday, Sullivan announced that with the help of the Internal Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the department will be "reviewed."
These actions are being taken after former APD Officer Anthony Rollins was convicted of serial rape. The APD investigation won't be another investigation into the Rollins case, but a way to move forward to prevent another instance like this from happening.
Mew added that there have been other indiscretions besides Rollins'.
The contract will cost taxpayers roughly $30,000 according to Sullivan, and although the investigation hasn't yet begun, Chief Mark Mew said it will soon.
According to Mew, the IACP hasn't performed an investigation or review since 1996, and at that time it was more in-depth.
The city and APD are hoping to have a timely review completed within roughly 120 days. "Over the last number of months we have implemented 10 different procedures, in addition to the existing procedures that we think will strengthen the policies and procedures within the department," said Sullivan.
Included in the list of procedures are substation videos, in-car and possibly on-body videos, having greater supervision of officers on over time, creating more sergeant positions, sergeant rotation in internal affairs, new polygraph protocol, new officer file reviews and contact cards.
Contact cards will allow any person an officer deals with to know who the officer is and their supervisor's name and contact information.
Rollins is scheduled for sentencing Friday, making people curious as to why the city and APD waited so long to take these actions. "Now is as good of time as any," said Sullivan. "And I didn't want to do it over the last several months. I think it might have looked like an election ploy of some kind and I think it was best to make sure this was clear of any politics."
Our goal is to always make sure the public feels very, very secure."