Studies, Reports, and Documents Relevant to the VPSO Program

Studies, Reports, and Documents Relevant to the VPSO Program

Compiled by Justin Roberts and the Justice Center, UAA

"Studies, Reports, and Documents Relevant to the VPSO Program" by Justin Roberts and Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage. Alaska Justice Forum 21(4): 6-7 (Winter 2005). This bibliography includes nearly fifty studies, reports, and documents, many available online, relevant to the Alaska Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) program, dating from the program's formulation in the late 1970s and actual inception in 1980 through the present.

Alaska Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. (2002). Racism’s Frontier: The Untold Story of Discrimination and Division in Alaska. U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Alaska Commission on Rural Governance and Empowerment. (1999). Final Report to the Governor. Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs.

Alaska Criminal Justice Assessment Commission. (2000). Final Report of the Alaska Criminal Justice Assessment Commission. Anchorage, AK: Alaska Judicial Council.

Alaska Criminal Justice Council. (2003). Recommendations of the Alaska Criminal Justice Council. Anchorage, AK: Alaska Judicial Council.

Alaska Department of Public Safety. (1971). “Project: Establishing Within the Department of Public Safety the Position of Special Constable.” Concept paper. Alaska Department of Public Safety.

———. (1987). VPSO Handbook. Alaska Department of Public Safety.

———. (1990). History/Evaluation of VPSO. Juneau, AK: Village Public Safety Office, Alaska Department of Public Safety.

———. (1992). Village Public Safety Officer Program Briefing Paper. Alaska Department of Public Safety.

———. (1997). Village Public Safety Officer Program Field Manual. Alaska Department of Public Safety.

———. (1997). Village Public Safety Officer Program Briefing Paper. Alaska Department of Public Safety.

Alaska Federation of Natives. (1989). The AFN Report on the Status of Alaska Natives: A Call for Action. Anchorage, AK: Alaska Federation of Natives.

———. (1999). AFN Implementation Study: Proposals to the United States Congress to Implement Recommendations of the Alaska Natives Commission Pursuant to P.L. 104-270. Anchorage, AK: Alaska Federation of Natives.

Alaska Natives Commission. (1994). Alaska Natives Commission, Final Report, Volumes I-III. Anchorage, AK: Alaska Natives Commission.

Angell, John E. (1978). Alaska Village Police Training: An Assessment and Recommendations. Report prepared for the Alaska Criminal Justice Planning Agency. Anchorage, AK: Criminal Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage.

———. (1979). Alaskan Village Justice: An Exploratory Study. Report prepared for the Alaska Criminal Justice Planning Agency. Anchorage, AK: Criminal Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage.

———. (1981). Public Safety and the Justice System in Alaskan Native Villages. Jonesboro, TN: Pilgrimage, Inc.

Australian Law Reform Commission. (1986). The Recognition of Aboriginal Customary Laws. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service.

Davidson, Pat. (27 Nov 2000). “Request for Audit of Village Public Safety Officer Indirect/Administrative Costs and Duplicat.” Memorandum to Sen. Dave Donley, Alaska State Senate. Juneau, AK: Alaska State Legislature, Legislative Budget and Audit Committee, Division of Legislative Audit.

Heyman, Duane, ed. (2000). Urban Rural Unity Study: “U. R. US”. Anchorage, AK: Commonwealth North.

Hippler, Arthur E. (1982). Final Report to the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety on the Village Public Safety Officers Program (VPSO). Anchorage, AK: Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage.

International Association of Chiefs of Police. (2001). Improving Safety in Indian Country: Recommendations from the IACP 2001 Summit. Alexandria, VA: International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Jolley, Patrick. (1990). History of the VPSO Program. Burnaby, BC: Simon Fraser University.

Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage. (Feb 1979). “Village Police Training.” Alaska Justice Forum 3(2): 1, 12. [A discussion of Angell (1978), Alaska Village Police Training.]

———. (Apr 1979). “Bush Justice: A Critical Report.” Alaska Justice Forum 3(4): 1, 15. [Part 1 of 2 of a discussion of Angell (1979), Alaskan Village Justice.]

———. (May 1979). “Bush Justice Report.” Alaska Justice Forum 3(5): 1, 4-8. [Part 2 of 2 of a discussion of Angell (1979), Alaskan Village Justice.]

———. (1995). Alaska Public Safety Statewide Survey: Component Two of Alaska Public Safety Project. Report prepared for the Alaska Department of Public Safety. Anchorage, AK: Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage.

———. (1995). Public Safety and Policing in Alaska Native Villages: Component Three of Alaska Public Safety Project. Report prepared for the Alaska Department of Public Safety. Anchorage, AK: Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Kawerak, Inc. (2001). Village Public Safety Officer Program Legislative Requests. Nome, AK: Kawerak, Inc. [Fax to Alaska Federation of Natives, 5 Jul 2001.]

Manitoba Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission. (2001). Final Report. Winnipeg, MB: Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission, Province of Manitoba.

Marenin, Otwin. (1989). "The Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) Program in Rural Alaska: Trends and Prospects." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Washington, D.C., March 1989. (Available from Department of Political Science/Justice, University of Alaska Fairbanks.)

———. (1991). Dispute Resolution in Alaskan Native Villages: The Role and Impact of the Village Public Safety Officer. Report prepared for the Fund for Research on Dispute Resolution. Fairbanks, AK: Department of Political Science/Justice, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

———. (1992). “Policing the Last Frontier: Visions of Social Order and the Development of the Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) Program in Alaska.” Policing and Society 2: 173-91. Reprinted in Nielsen, Marianne O. and Silverman, Robert A. Silverman, eds., Native Americans, Crime and Justice (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1996).

———. (1994). “Conflicting Perspectives on the Role of the Village Public Safety Officer in Native Villages in Alaska.” American Indian Quarterly 18(3): 297-319.

Marenin, Otwin and Copus, Gary. (1991). “Policing Rural Alaska: The Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) Program.” American Journal of Police 10(4): 1-26.

Messick, M. James. (Jun 1979). “Village Safety Officer Program.” Alaska Justice Forum 3(6): 1, 6-10.

———. (1980). The Village Public Safety Officer Program: A Conceptual Design to Improve Law Enforcement and Public Safety in Rural Areas of Alaska. Juneau, AK: Alaska Department of Public Safety.

Price Waterhouse. (1984). Overall VPSO Program Evaluation. Report prepared for the Alaska State Troopers. Anchorage, AK: Alaska State Troopers.

Rainery, Richard. (30 Mar 1987). “Direct Contracting for Village Public Safety Officers Program.” Research memorandum prepared for Sen. Fred Zharoff, Alaska State Senate. Research request no. 87-000417. Juneau, AK: Rural Research Agency, Alaska State Legislature.

Sellin, John A. (1981). Village Public Safety Officer Program: First Annual Evaluation. Juneau, AK: Alaska Department of Public Safety.

State of Alaska. (n.d.). The Village Public Safety Officer Program: Concept, History and Operation.

Trostle, Lawrence C. (Spring 1992). “Village Public Safety Officers: A Further Look.” Alaska Justice Forum 9(1): 5-8.

Trostle, Lawrence C.; McShea, Darren; and Perras, Russell. (Winter 1992). “The Nonenforcement Role of the VPSO.” Alaska Justice Forum 8(4): 1, 9-12.

Weinreb, Lloyd. (1977). Bush Justice. Report prepared for the Magistrate’s Advisory Committee, Alaska Court System. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Law School.

Wood, Darryl S. (2000). Turnover Among Alaska Village Public Safety Officers: An Examination of the Factors Associated With Attrition. Report prepared under Grant No. 98-IJ-CX-0035 from the National Institute of Justice. Anchorage, AK: Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage.

———. (Summer 2000). “Officer Turnover in the Village Public Safety Officer Program.” Alaska Justice Forum 17(2): 1, 4-7.

———. (Jan 2001). “Police Turnover in Isolated Communities: The Alaska Experience.” National Institute of Justice Journal 246: 16-23.

Wood, Darryl S. and Trostle, Lawrence. (1997). “The Nonenforcement Role of Police in Western Alaska and the Eastern Canadian Arctic: An Analysis of Police Tasks in Remote Arctic Communities.” Journal of Criminal Justice 25(5): 367-79.

Young, Patricia. (19 Jun 1998). “Alaska State Troopers and Village Public Safety Officers.” Research memorandum prepared for Alaska State Legislature. Research request no. 98-026. Juneau, AK: Legislative Research Services, Alaska Legislative Affairs Agency.

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