Village Public Safety Officer

Public Safety · Southeast, Alaska
Department Public Safety
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation DOE




Job Class: Village Public Safety Officer                  Status: Active

Department: Public Safety                                        Type of Position: Non-Exempt

Location of Work: Southeast Alaska                        Covered Position: Yes

Salary Grade(s): State VPSO Pay Schedule             Prepared by: Jason Wilson

Hours of Work: Flexible Schedule                           

Employment Category:  Regular Full-Time             


VPSO primary responsibilities include the following: law enforcement, fire prevention/safety/suppression/training, emergency medical, probation/parole monitoring; search and rescue, and other related public safety services.


Reports To: Public Safety Manager


Liaison To: 


Law Enforcement: Respond to reports of crime, take initial action, secure scene, gather evidence; Interview victim and witnesses; Respond to calls for assistance; Patrol and enforce state laws and local ordinance; Investigate misdemeanor crimes and traffic violations; Assist Alaska State Troopers as required; Complete required reports; Use crime prevention and community policing techniques. 

Fire Prevention/Safety/Suppression/Training: Develop training for volunteer fire department; Drive fire truck; Operate fire fighting apparatus; Perform general maintenance on fire truck weekly, start, check/maintain fluids, lights siren, windshield wipers, and tire air pressure; Provide fire safety prevention information; Home inspections as feasible for smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and overall fire related hazards; Periodic inspection of public and commercial buildings (develop location map, identify location of furnace, electrical etc., in public buildings for fire, chemical and safety hazards); Maintain inventory of fire fighting equipment; Schedule regular maintenance at city shop for fire truck; Coordinate inspection and testing of fire hydrants with Mayor. 

Probation and parole Monitoring: Will make and document personal contact with specified probationers and parolees at least twice per month or as requested by the Supervisor of the District Probation Office (DPO)  for the Department of Corrections; will obtain urine samples from offenders and will record the results and immediately provide the results to the DPO; will provide updated photos of supervised sec offenders to the DPO on an annual basis or when there has been a physical change in offenders appearance. 

Emergency Medical: Maintain EMT I or ERR certification as possible; Administer basic first aid and CPT in 

appropriate situations; Drive ambulance; Perform general maintenance on ambulance weekly, start, check/maintain fluids, lights siren, windshield wipers, and tire air pressure; Check/update all emergency equipment and supplies in the ambulance, notify appropriate entity of needs; Schedule regular maintenance at city shop for ambulance; participation and coordination with EMS squad.

Search and Rescue: Develop and participate with other village entities such as the EMS squad, clinic, council, etc., in the development of a Search and Rescue Plan; Develop contacts outside of the village such as the Alaska State Troopers, U.S. Coast Guard, etc., in the development of the Search and Rescue Plan; Act as liaison as requited. 

Other Related Public Safety Services:  Participate as a representative in LAPC as requested by the council; Develop ongoing training for general overall village public safety; prepare bi-weekly APIA Activity Log, bi-weekly timesheet, weekly dispatch cards to the Alaska State Troopers, daily entries in logbook, and monthly report to the council; Complete special projects with the approval of APOA and concurrence with the Mayor; Complete all general VPSO responsibilities as required in the VPSO Field Manual; Hours of Work are 37.5 hours a week, a minimum of three hours regularly Monday through Friday in the VPSO Office in agreement with the Community Services Program Coordinator and the Mayor; Other working hours are for patrol duties, fire inspections, school visits, etc.; On call 24 hours per day unless other arrangements have been made with the Mayor, Community Services Program Coordinator and the Alaska State Troopers. 

The VPSO responsibilities include the requirements in the Village Public Safety Office Field Manual provided to the VPSOs by the Alaska State Troopers. 


Spending Authority: 

Other Authority: 


• Work effectively in a cross-cultural situations. 

• Maintain confidentiality in regard to clients and program matters. 

• Abide by the APIA Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual as established by the Board of Directors. 

• Comply with Alaska State Troopers VPSO SAR Manual. 

• Perform other reasonable duties as assigned by the Community Services Program Coordinator. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education, experience, skills)

• Must be a citizen of the United States or a resident alien who has demonstrated an intent to become a citizen of the United States

• Must be 21 years of age or older

• Must be good moral character

• Must have a high school diploma or its equivalent; 

• Must be (within six months of hire or prior to academy, whichever comes first) certified by a physician licensed in Alaska, on a medical record form supplied by the department of public safety to: 

o Be free from any physical, mental emotional, visual or hearing condition which would adversely affect performance as village public safety officer;

o Have normal color discrimination, normal binocular coordination, normal peripheral vision and corrected visual acuity of 20/30 or better in each eye;

• May not have been convicted, by a civilian court of this state, the United States, or another state or territory, or by military court, of the following offenses, or of an offense with substantially similar elements to such an offense under Alaska law;

o A felony;

o No misdemeanor offenses within five years of date of hire; 

o A misdemeanor involving dishonesty or moral turpitude; 

o A misdemeanor assault, within the past ten years, against a family member, former family member, member of household or former member of house hold, or violation of domestic violence restraining order; or 

o Two or more offenses of driving while intoxicated offenses; or combination thereof resulting from separated incident;

• May not have: 

o Illegally manufactured, transported, or delivered a controlled substance; in this subparagraph “controlled substance” includes alcoholic beverages manufactured, transported or delivered in violation of local option;

o Within the preceding ten years have illegally used a controlled substance other than marijuana, unless the person was under the age of 21 at the time of using the controlled substance; and

o Within the preceding year have used marijuana;  

• May not have been denied village public safety officer certification, nor is that certification in revoked status; and

• May not have been discharged, asked to resign or resigned in place of discharge, from a village public safety officer or village policy officer position for cause; 

• Must be willing to travel and have a valid Alaska Drivers License.


0 Light physical effort (lift/carry up to 10 lbs.)

0 Moderate physical effort (lift/carry up to 25 lbs.)

0 Heavy physical effort (lift/carry up to 50 lbs.)

0 Very heavy physical effort (lift/carry more than 50 lbs.) 

Reaching, Bending, Stooping, Kneeling, Crouching, Turning, Twisting

0 Occasional 0 Often

Standing and Walking 

0 Occasional 0 Often 0 Constant 

Sedentary Work

0 Occasional 0 Often 0 Prolonged Sitting 

Repetitive Tasks

0 Lifts, positions or transports patients/supplies

0 Repetitive motion tasks

0 Prolonged use of computer screen/keyboard

Vision Requirements (with or without corrected vision – check all that apply:

0 Far acuity – Able to see clearly at 20 feet or more

0 Near acuity – Able to see clearly at 20 inches or less

0 Depth – Perception – Able to see clearly at 20 inches or less

0 Color vision – Able to distinguish and identify different colors


All employment at Tlingit & Haida is “at will”.  This means that the employee or Tlingit & Haida may terminate employment at any time and for any reason.  Unless specified in writing, no term of employment is expressed or implied for this position.

Tlingit & Haida is a no tolerance workplace.  All regular employees may be required to pass a pre-employment and subsequent random drug and alcohol screening to be eligible for and maintain employment.

Tlingit & Haida requires a criminal background check be conducted on all employees.  All employment offers are conditional until federal criminal background check results verify your eligibility to work for Tlingit & Haida.

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  • Location
    Southeast, Alaska
  • Department
    Public Safety
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation