• 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

  • Sports

    Anchorage Bucs capture Alaska Baseball League title

    by on Aug 04, 23:39

    The Anchorage Bucs used strong pitching and defense to win their first American League Baseball title since 1998. The Bucs shutout the MatSu Miners 2-0 on Tuesday night to win the league’s “Top of the World Series” at Hermon Brothers Field, two games to one. The third game became necessary when MatSu won Game 2 […]

  • News

    Anchorage police use National Night Out to rebuild trust

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 04, 23:10

    The Anchorage Police Department says times have changed and they are no longer the people many in the community turn to in a crisis, especially teenagers. Police are trying to rebuild those relationships. On Tuesday, the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club was host to several Anchorage police officers as part of National Night Out. The […]

  • Politics

    Public comment coming to a close on first set of pot regulations

    by Alexis Fernandez on Aug 04, 22:44

    The board in charge of writing marijuana regulations for Alaska is making progress. For the past month, the Marijuana Control Board has been taking feedback from the public on its first two sets of regulations, which address things like licensing, operating parameters, reporting and taxing. The last day to submit public comment for the first […]

  • News

    Victims’ families offer emotional testimony at James Holmes trial

    by CBS News on Aug 04, 21:35

    Jurors struggled to hold back tears Tuesday as a grieving father described how he returns now and then to the Colorado movie theater where his son was murdered. Tom Sullivan’s voice wavered as he described how his family looks for the very spot where his son Alex was killed while celebrating his 27th birthday and first wedding […]

  • News

    Alaskans who receive food stamps face stricter work requirements

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 04, 20:40

    The federal government will begin enforcing stricter requirements next year for Alaskans who receive food stamps. Starting in January, Alaskans between the ages of 18 and 49 who are “able-bodied” and have no dependents will have to work or take employment training an average of 20 hours a week to get food stamps. If they […]

  • News

    Summertime blues: Berry picking begins in Arctic Valley

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 04, 20:03

    The slopes of Arctic Valley are prime for picking. “This is a lot more than we found last year,” said Jami Bushman, who brought her six kids out to enjoy the sunshine and the bounty of berries in Anchorage’s backyard. “It’s fun just to sit here and talk and tell stories while we’re picking.” While some […]

  • News

    Alaska Bureau of Investigation cuts Cold Case Unit

    by Jacquie Slater on Aug 04, 19:56

    Since 2002, the Alaska Bureau of Investigation’s Cold Case Unit has been working hard to solve 110 homicide cases. Some of them date back to the 1960s, and investigators say combing through the extensive files is a methodical and slow process. “Part of working those types of cases, you have to truly be intimately involved […]

  • Weather

    Evening News Weather, Aug. 4

    by KTVA Weather on Aug 04, 19:44

    Kenai Peninsula/Prince William Sound Mostly sunny and warm with light wind. A few more clouds in coastal areas and a few degrees cooler.   Southeast Mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers from Juneau to the north.   Interior/North Slope The interior will be a little cooler with scattered showers and even a chance of thunderstorms. […]