Major Steven Adams is a 27-year veteran of the Alaska Department of Public Safety. He is currently assigned as Deputy Director of the Division of Alaska Wildlife Troopers and, in this capacity, oversees a division of 89 commissioned and 62 non-commissioned personnel. Major Adams is an energetic, collaborative leader with a well-rounded experience base and is highly dedicated to his people and the Alaskans he serves. His career began in Palmer after graduating from State Trooper Recruit Class 42 in December 1993; he served in patrol as a Field Training Officer, an Investigator in the General Investigations Unit, and a Narcotics Investigator. Once promoted to Sergeant, he supervised various units, including patrol units, the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team, the Alaska Interdiction Task Force, the DUI Enforcement Team, and the Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol. As a Lieutenant, he served as the Deputy Commander of the Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol, Deputy Commander of “B” Detachment, Statewide Search and Rescue Coordinator, and Deputy Commander of the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit, where he worked on Alaska’s opioid epidemic and bringing the Alaska High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program online until his promotion to Major in March 2020.
Major Adams was a Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) member for more than eight years. Major Adams holds an Advanced Police Officer and Police Instructor certification through the Alaska Police Standards Council. Major Adams is a proud graduate of the 129th Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course at the University of Louisville, where he was named a Dean’s Scholar. Major Adams is a graduate of the National Emergency Management Academy and is recognized as a Continuity of Operations Professional Continuity Practitioner.