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Sun May 19, 2019, 08:11 PM

Lawless: One in three Alaska villages have no local police

KIANA ó Village Police Officer Annie Reed heard her VHF radio crackle to life in the spring of 2018 with the familiar voice of an elder. I need help at my house, the woman said.

Reed, who doesnít wear a uniform because everyone in this Arctic Circle village of 421 can spot her ambling gait and bell of salt-and-pepper hair at a distance, steered her four-wheeler across town. There had been a home invasion, she learned. One of the local sex offenders, who outnumber Reed 7-to-1, had pried open a window and crawled inside, she said. The man then tore the clothes from the elderís daughter, who had been sleeping, gripped her throat and raped her, according to the charges filed against him in state court.

Reed, a 49-year-old grandmother, was the only cop in the village. She carried no gun and, after five years on the job, had received a total of three weeks of law enforcement training. She had no backup. Even when the fitful weather allows, the Alaska State Troopers are a half-hour flight away.

Itís moments like these when Reed thinks about quitting. If she does, Kiana could become the latest Alaska village asked to survive with no local police protection of any kind.

Read more: https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/lawless/2019/05/16/lawless-one-in-three-alaska-villages-have-no-local-police/

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Sun May 19, 2019, 08:56 PM

1. This isn't that uncommon even in the lower 48 though state police barracks may be closer

My wife's hometown in Maine has no police force. It was that way when she was growing up and is still that way. Towns with hundreds of people cannot support local police. The county sheriff or local police handle crime.

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Sun May 19, 2019, 09:46 PM

2. My sister has lived in the same tiny town for 45 years.

They have no police.

They have never had police in the 45 years that she has lived there.

The state is Ohio.

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