Anchorage welcomes new police chief
Anchorage has a new police chief — Justin Doll has worked at the police department for the past 20 years. He’s got a clear vision of where he wants to take the department, and that’s tackling crime rates and bringing the community closer together.
“He says he’s going to do something and it’s going to happen and that’s just how he is,” said Lt. Nancy Reeder with the Anchorage Police Department.
Chief Doll has worked in a variety of positions at the Anchorage Police Department.
“I spent a long time, I think 12 years as a patrol officer,” Chief Doll said. “It’s been fun. I’ve really really loved my job here.”
In his new role as Chief, Doll plans to work on building trust within the community and encouraging his new officers to build relationships to stop street crime before it happens.
“Having the time available to just stop and talk to people. Listen to what their concert are and find out about what’s going on in there section of Anchorage,” Chief Doll said. “Anchorage is big and it has a lot of neighborhoods with their own issues depending on what part of town they’re in.”
Doll is a West High graduate and has lived in Anchorage for the past 30 years.
“Justin Doll grew up in Anchorage, he understands the city, he’s spent a long time working for the department,” said Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. “He’s as versatile as they come.”
Lt. Reeder describes Chief Doll as high energy, compassionate and driven. She worked with him in administration a few years ago and saw how he was able to implement improvements in that department.
“We did so much to change the way things were done upstairs in that year, and it was because of him,” Lt. Reeder added.