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Captain Anthony April attended Army Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina in 1984.  The Army assigned him to the 1/172nd Infantry Brigade, 1/17th Infantry Battalion located at Fort Richardson, Alaska.  The change from Miami to Alaska was more than a change in climate.  He was selected to represent the Army as an “All-Army” wrestler.  The Army is the nation’s largest employer and to be selected “All-Army” one must be a top performer.  The military was great for April as he met people from all over the world.  To date, he remains in contact with many individuals he served with.


While serving his country, April found he was destined to become a law enforcement officer.  He learned through observation that there were things officers could do better while serving their community.  Following his intuition and drive, he became an Alaska State Trooper.  Captain April joined the Alaska State Troopers in 1997.  Throughout his career, he has exemplified both professional and personal excellence.

Captain April is currently assigned to the Director’s Staff at Troopers Headquarters.  April has served as “A” Detachment Commander in Ketchikan.  Other assignments included: Deputy Commanders of the Alaska Bureau of Investigation, Alaska Bureau of Judicial Services, and Alaska Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Enforcement.  As a Sergeant, he supervised the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team.  


Captain April was also a Corporal at the Department of Public Safety Academy in Sitka.  April was awarded the 2001 “C” Detachment Trooper of the Year. Captain April is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy, 226th Session.  While at the National Academy, he was elected as the sectional representative.  He also attended the Drug Enforcement Academy Drug Unit Commander Academy.  He was awarded his Alaska Police Standards Council (APSC) Advanced Police Certification.  Captain April is also an APSC Certified Police Instructor.


Captain April is actively involved with the following organizations: United States Military Academy at West Point Parents Club, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executive, FBI National Academy Associate, International Association of Chief of Police and Alaska Peace Officer Association.  He has participated with the Brother Francis Shelter and Bean’s Café Empty Bowl events to help feed the homeless.

Captain April is married to Lisa and they have two beautiful daughters.  The oldest, Toya, is an account executive in Florida and married to a veteran who served a tour in Iraq and Ashley graduated from West Point along with her husband who also served in Afghanistan.  As a father, he beams with pride when he talks about Toya and Ashley’s wedding day.  Growing up in a tough city and experiencing challenges first hand contribute immensely to his drive, determination and success.  No matter what life brings, he remains focused and he never gives up.  


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