• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 47s

Police increase Glenn Highway patrols

By KTVA Alaska 6:47 PM April 10, 2014

Extra enforcement comes in response to driver behavior shifting with the seasons, police say.

ANCHORAGE –

Alaska drivers can now expect to see more Anchorage Police Department cruisers along the Glenn Highway, ready and watching for any unsafe behavior.

The department says this increased enforcement is necessary because the change in seasons usually leads to a change in driver behavior. APD spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said once the snow melts, drivers usually feel the roads are safer and end up driving faster because of it.

Castro said drivers are taking fewer precautions now than they would in winter months, when they might have left for a destination early enough to take their time in getting there, or followed other vehicles at a safe distance.

“What we’re doing is just adding additional enforcement on the Glenn in the morning to respond to all of the additional REDDI calls we get in the morning during that commute,” Castro said. “But also to be able to set the tone and let drivers know that we want everyone to make it to their destination safely.”

APD just welcomed 16 police academy graduates to the department, but Castro said it’s still way below the number of officers it needs out on the streets.

The department saw dozens of officers retire this year while only 16 were added to the force, yet Castro said they’ve managed to work out a way to increase patrols with the number of officers they have available.

“Basically, what we’re doing is reallocating some officer assignments,” Castro said. “Officers who are around town and don’t have much going on, we’re able to pull them into that area of town to do some additional enforcements, is how we’re working it.”

According to APD, the soonest citizens can expect to see a fully staffed department out on Anchorage streets will be the summer of 2015.

Castro said APD expects about 25 officers to join them from the police academy next March and more officers from a smaller academy in the fall of 2015.

In the meantime, Castro said it’s all about working smarter.

APD plans to have between three and six patrols out every weekday during the morning commute along the Glenn Highway, for as long as it says is necessary.

Latest Stories

  • Troopers: Remains found likely belong to David Grunwald, 1 teen charged in connection to his death

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 03, 11:55

    Alaska State Troopers say it is likely the remains of missing 16-year-old David Grunwald have been found. Additionally, at least one teenager now faces charges of kidnapping and murder in connection to the case. Human remains were found in the Knik River Road area near Palmer around 2 p.m. on Friday, according to an online […]

  • News

    Electrical fire displaces 3 from Debarr Road home

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 03, 11:20

    A fire displaced three people in East Anchorage early Saturday morning, according to the Anchorage Fire Department. At least a dozen units responded to the fire at the Glacier Terrace Trailer Park, located near 4110 Debarr Road, just after 3 a.m., according to assistant fire Chief Erich Scheunemann. The fire was under control within half […]

  • Police: Man stabbed at Brother Francis Shelter, no suspect identified

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 03, 11:14

    The Anchorage Police Department is investigating a stabbing that occurred at the Brother Francis Shelter early Saturday morning. The stabbing was reported just before 1 a.m., according to a statement from police. “Officers and medics arrived and located an adult male with a single stab wound to the back,” police explained. The victim was treated […]

  • News

    Silver Alert: Troopers seek whereabouts of 89-year-old Fairbanks man

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 03, 10:45

    ANCHORAGE — An 89-year-old man’s disappearance has prompted a Silver Alert from the Alaska Department of Safety. R O’Grady was last seen near the area of Phillips Field Road and Peger Road in Fairbanks, according to the alert, which was issued around 2 a.m. on Saturday. O’Grady is believed to be endangered, Alaska State Troopers […]

  • News

    New details in Juneau officer-involved shooting

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 03, 10:11

    Last updated at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 The Juneau Police Department has provided new details into the shooting involving two of its officers and a local man. The man was transported to Seattle for treatment after one of the officers shot him, according to police. Juneau police issued a statement about the incident […]

  • Make the Alaska Aces part of your team

    by Dave Leval on Dec 02, 21:01

    Here’s your chance to make Stephen Perfetto part of your team. The Alaska Aces center is one of three from the team on the ballot for the annual Meigray- ECHL Fantasy Team. Left-wingers Garet Hunt and Tim Wallace are also on the ballot. You can only vote once during the period that ends Monday, Dec. […]

  • News

    Bean’s Cafe opens overnight shelter, operated by its own staff

    by Eric Ruble on Dec 02, 20:52

    About 50 people were expected to spend Friday night inside Bean’s Cafe. Executive director Lisa Sauder said the decision was made less than one week ago, after the municipality asked for help in accommodating people who were turned away from places like Brother Francis Shelter due to high demand. “The need is great. The temperatures […]

  • Lawmakers, school board consider alternative approach to classroom discipline

    by Liz Raines on Dec 02, 20:35

    School suspensions may become a thing of the past. Lawmakers and school board members are looking at a different approach to student discipline statewide. National studies have found that, for many incarcerated adults, their pathway to jail started with frequent suspensions in school. The trend is now known as the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Educators statewide are trying […]