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Here we will post information of importance to public safety professionals in Alaska and about ongoing programs, projects, events and activities of AACOP. 
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  • 16 Sep 2011 13:48 | Anonymous

    P r e s s   R e l e a s e


    On the anniversary of the Bonnie Craig murder, September 28, 1994, we would like to celebrate our family’s victory and call attention to the other families who are still awaiting justice.

    No one should get away with murder, rape, nor any other heinous crime.  Now that Bonnie’s killer has been convicted the money that was collected shortly after Bonnie’s murder is offered as a reward to help find answers in other unsolved Alaskan murders.

    The Homicide Reward Fund, a 501c3, formerly the Family and Friends of Bonnie Craig Reward Fund, is offering up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person/s responsible in the murders of four other Alaskan teenage girls.

    • Shelley Connolly, 16, of Anchorage, was raped and murdered January 7th, 1978.  Her body was found by the railroad tracks just past McHugh Creek.  DNA evidence is available. She was last seen the night before talking with four men at Chilkoot Charlie’s.
    • Eileen Wafer,14, of Haines, was home babysitting her younger brothers June 10, 1982.  When her mother returned the boys were in bed, but Eileen was gone.  Her body was found four days later under bushes on a beach in Portage Cove.
    • Jessica Baggen, 17, of Sitka, was found raped and murdered May 6th, 1996 in Sitka.  She left her sister’s after celebrating her 17th birthday on the 4th, but never made it home.  Her body was found in a wooded area off a bike trail. 
    • Ann Saephan, 15, of Anchorage was a passenger in a car sitting in the parking lot at the Space Station on Spenard Road when a suspect fired several rounds into the rear of the car killing Ann.  The suspect fled on foot and to this day has not been identified. 


    No one should get away with murder.  We are asking the public to never forget, and those with any information to come forward.  The Homicide Reward Fund will pay up to $20,000 to get these killers behind bars.  They are a risk to us all.  The families and friends of these teenage girls need answers and deserve justice.  Contact the Alaska State Troopers Cold Case Investigations at 907 269-5611 or the Anchorage Police Department.


    For more information contact:


    Karen Foster                                                       519-438-6180 Res 561-212-7769 Cell

    Bonnie Craig’s Mother


    Samantha Campbell                                  907-830-0918 (Available for interviews)

    Bonnie’s Sister

    This information was provided by Alaska Citizens for Justice, which is not affiliated with the Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police.

  • 09 Sep 2011 16:53 | Anonymous
    AACOP's Executive Director and Director of the NLECTC-Alaska Center has announced his appointment as Chief of Police for the City of Cordova, AK. 

    In a special meeting today the AACOP Board elected to retain the Executive Director in a part time capacity and to immediately hire a Deputy Director to carry on the NLECTC Alaska mission and staff the AACOP office.

    For the full announcement please refer to the Alaska Police Jobs section of this site.

  • 26 Apr 2011 09:07 | Anonymous

    Notice Received today from the FCC:

      "Starting Friday, April 15, the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau is planning to mail letters to UHF/VHF public safety licensees reminding them of the January 1, 2013 UHF/VHF narrowbanding deadline.  We are letting you know in advance because this letter may generate inquiries from your stakeholders regarding the FCC's narrowbanding mandate.


    We plan to mail the letter to those public safety licensees that have not yet modified their FCC licenses to indicate that they have narrowbanded.  While licensees still have approximately 20 months to complete narrowbanding of their systems, and many have plans in place to do so, we want to be sure that all public safety licensees are aware of this requirement and are making the necessary preparations to comply with the narrowbanding mandate. 


    As you may be aware, the narrowbanding mandate also applies to non-public safety UHF/VHF licensees, including both commercial licensees and state and local agencies that perform non-public safety functions.  Please note that at this time, we are not sending reminder letters to these non-public safety licensees.  However, the narrowbanding requirement applies equally to all covered licensees regardless of whether they receive a letter.

     If you have questions or receive inquiries regarding narrowbanding, we encourage you to go to for more information.  In addition, you may send e-mail inquiries to or call Roberto Mussenden of the Bureau staff at 202-418-1428.

  • 18 Apr 2011 09:48 | Anonymous
    AACOP would like to welcome back the following members we've lost track of over the years:

      *  Chief Gary Lowe, Haines Borough Police Dept.
      *  Life Member Robert J Nesvick, Jr., Retired AST now calling Vancouver, WA, his home.

    Active members can reconnect with Gary and Robert by using the membership directory within our Members Only Section.  If you have not yet logged into the member's only site, and do not have a password for it, simply click on the "forgot password" link and you will be sent instructions.

    Welcome back!
  • 15 Apr 2011 09:33 | Anonymous
    AACOP just received notice of last year's State Legislative action on HOUSE BILL NO. 316:
    '"An Act relating to post-conviction DNA testing, to the preservation of certain evidence, and to the DNA identification registration system; relating to post-conviction relief procedures; relating to representation by the public defender; amending Rule 35.1, Alaska Rules of Criminal Procedure; and providing for an effective date."
    This law is now in effect.  Among other items, it;

    (1)  Requires the retention of biological materials in all felony person crimes cases resulting in conviction for much longer periods of time than required in the past;


    (2)  Requires all enforcement agencies statewide to develop written policies concerning the removal and preservation of biological samples from seized evidentiary items; and


    (3)  Requires a newly created task force to recommend standards and protocols regarding the matter.

    As to point (3), the Alaska Department of Law will be holding an informational and organizational meeting at the upcoming APOA conference, on Monday afternoon, May 16th to begin the efforts of creating the task force.  Public safety is expressly included and plays a key roll in the Task Force.  All AACOP members are encourage to plan to attend this meeting.

    Additional information will be posted as received, but to review a copy of this law, Please check the discussion forum within our "Members Only" section.

  • 01 Apr 2011 20:15 | Anonymous
    April Fool!

    Not Really.  AACOP is moving its website to this more functional system. 
    After attending a meeting of all State Associations Executive Directors in March, and hearing them rave about how their hosted member, event and website systems saved them hours and hours of work and improved the communication with and between members, we rolled up our sleeves and did our homework.

    What you are now seeing are the results of our research and migration efforts.
    You can now manage your membership and contact information immediately, online.
    Members have access to secure forums for information exchange, sensitive documents, and full rosters with contact information for fellow members.
    The public and membership have access to interactive forums to address issues and openly discuss diverse topics centered upon Alaskan Criminal Justice issues and events.
    Conferences, training and events sponsored or supported by AACOP now have a central site for registering and receiving up-to-date information.

    Enjoy your new web presence and feel free to provide feedback.


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