05 July 2017

A Word About the Unalaska Police Blotter

Unalaska Police Blotter Falls Victim to Staffing Shortages
The highly popular police log published by the Unalaska Department of Public Safety won't be appearing anymore in The Bristol Bay Times-Dutch Harbor Fisherman, or anywhere else. At least not until the shorthanded local police department hires more cops, says Deputy Police Chief Jennifer Shockley.
"Right now, we don't have the time to keep up with it," Shockley said. "At this point in time we need to focus on law enforcement."
The weekly account of local police and fire department activity takes between eight and 10 hours to write, review and publish, she said. With full staffing, that's not a problem, but now the police department is operating with 65 percent of positions filled, she said.
At full staffing, there is one deputy police chief, three sergeants and nine officers. Presently, there's Shockley, the deputy chief and three sergeants, but just four regular police officers — plus one who can't work yet solo because he is still in training.
Unalaska police are now actively recruiting in hopes of finding good candidates to work in law enforcement in the Aleutian Islands community. When more officers are hired and the department is at full strength, the police log may return, she said.

So now you know. 

10 comments:

Murphy's Law said...

I need that job!

Rev. Paul said...

Your sense of humor seems to be compatible. Just don't forget that Dep. Chief Shockley is the one who's been writing it for years, so you have to meet her criteria.

Line forms in the rear. :)

LindaG said...

I hope they find enough qualified people. I would like to see it again. :-)

Rev. Paul said...

You're in good company, Linda. It provided a bright spot amongst all the gloom-and-doom elsewhere.

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

It always brought a moment of sobering levity to an otherwise insane world.

Rev. Paul said...

Agreed; and a welcome respite it was.

Ed Bonderenka said...

Can't they get a grant from the NEA?

threecollie said...

I miss it too, although making such clever work seem natural and unforced must be a heck of a job. Hoping they get their staffing soon.

maddmedic said...

Wait!! You signed off Rev!! I have been experiencing 'Alaska' withdrawal ever since!! Nice to see your back!!

Rev. Paul said...

Ed, the lefty loons at the NEA would never consider police work to be "art"; I'm certain they think it's a Gestapo tactic.

threecollie, agreed & agreed!

maddmedic, I'm not back full-time, but thank you. :)