Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll says he would love to be able to point to a single cause of crime, but says it's complicated. During a sit-down interview with KTVA, he mentioned the recession and opioid addiction as factors. 

The chief also talked about crime reform measure SB 91.  He didn't blame it for an uptick in crime but thinks the perception of SB 91 has an impact. The chief says he has seen notes from people who are in jail where they've talked about getting a lighter sentence, or spend less time in jail due to SB 91. 

Chief Doll was asked to comment on people who say they've felt afraid in town. 

"If people say they don't feel good or safe about living in Anchorage, that's a huge concern for us," he said. "I live here too. I've lived here for a long time. I have family that lives here. I don't want people to feel unsafe here, and I don't think that anybody that wears an Anchorage police badge wants people to feel that way."

The chief says the department continues to work to deal with crime, especially in neighborhoods. He talked about assigning officers to beats. "They get to know that beat. They get to know the issues in that beat. But they also get to know the residents and businesses in that beat. And the people that live there get to have a familiar face that they can contact and feel comfortable talking to," he said.

"They get to know that beat. They get to know the issues in that beat," he said. "But they also get to know the residents and businesses in that beat. And the people that live there get to have a familiar face that they can contact and feel comfortable talking to," he said.

Chief Doll also talked about people being a big crime deterrent.

"Learn who your neighbors are. Talk to your neighbors about what you're seeing," he said. "That kind of sharing of information, and then ultimately sharing it with the police department, that's what keeps a community safe."

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