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About the Anchorage Police Department

According to the Anchorage Police Department, “On December 22, 1920, the City Council appointed John J. Sturgus to begin as Chief of Police on January 1, 1921, at a salary of $200 a month. He was a one-man police department until his death just six weeks later. He was shot and killed with his own gun on February 20, 1921. Sturgus's murderer was never apprehended.”


Today the Anchorage Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency and “is the largest police department in Alaska serving a population of roughly 227,000 in a service area encompassing 159 square miles. There are several specialized units including Canine, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Homicide Response Team, Hostage Negotiations Team, Bomb Team, School Resource Officer (SRO), Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), Identification Section, Data System Section, Records Section, Traffic and Crime Prevention Unit. APD's Homicide Response Team has been nationally recognized for their techniques and solvability rate.”

Selected book by an Anchorage Police Department law enforcement official:

Honor Defended
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