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About the Nome Police Department

The Nome Police Department (Alaska) consists of one chief of police, one sergeant, six sworn police officers, one animal control officers, one communications supervision and five civilian communications personnel. According to Gary Allen, of Dispatch Magazine, the Nome Police Department may have been the second police department in the county to implement a 911 system.  On February 22, 1968 (less than a week after the fist 911 call was maid in Haleyville (Alabama), “Nome reportedly implements their 911 system, after legislative support of 911 by then-U.S. Senator Ernest Gruening, formerly Governor of the Territory of Alaska before its statehood in 1959.”

According to the Southern Oregon University Retirees Association Newsletter (Spring 2007 edition) Dr. Victor H. Sims “died on April 27, 2007. Victor Sims joined the University’s Department of Criminology in 1994 and retired in 2006. He had extensive experience in service and leadership positions, serving as a Company Commander in the U. S. Army Military Police Corps, a police officer in Berkeley, Phoenix, and Anchorage.

In Nome, Alaska he served as chief of police.


He received his PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1982 and taught

at Stephen F. Austin State University, at the University of Southern Mississippi, and Lamar State University before coming to SOU as Associate Professor of Criminology. Vic’s scholarship included research on rural and small town policing. He helped the department connect with regional law enforcement agencies and brought a chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma (the Criminal Justice Honor Society) to SOU. He received an Elmo award for his leadership in motivating students to come to the University.  During his life he was also a commercial pilot, a marathon runner and triathlete.”  Victor Sims was also the author of Small Town and Rural Police.

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