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Police Standards Council to review Alaska officers

Posted: May 21, 2013 - 12:12am

ANCHORAGE — Former police lieutenants in Juneau and Barrow who are charged in criminal cases could have their law enforcement certifications revoked when the Alaska Police Standards Council meets Tuesday in Kenai.

“We have close to 20 (cases) we’re taking a look at this time,” said Kelly Alzaharna, director of the council that is appointed by the governor and made up of four police chiefs, the commissioners of Corrections and Public Safety and four members of the public.

The Anchorage Daily News reports licenses can be revoked if officers no longer meet minimum standards.

Officers must be of good moral character. They cannot use illegal drugs. They cannot have a criminal record that includes a felony conviction or a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction.

“It’s a very serious thing,” said Terry Vrabec, deputy commissioner for the Department of Public Safety. “Sometimes people get themselves into a bad spot.”

Vrabec worked as director of the council for six years. About 3,000 Alaskans are licensed by the panel and 35 to 40 people are reviewed each year, Vrabec said.

The panel’s sessions are not public. The council releases only the vote on whether officers will lose their license.

Alzaharna would not say which cases will be considered Tuesday.

The panel could consider former Juneau police lieutenant Troy Wilson, who pleaded guilty last month to seven felony charges including assault, weapons misconduct and criminal mischief. On 2012, the 17-year veteran and former special weapons team instructor fired shots at a police car and officers who were responding to his home. They had received a 911 call from his wife, who reported him armed, suicidal and intoxicated.

The panel will review a former North Slope Borough police lieutenant who pleaded no contest to drunken driving in January and a former Anchorage police officer charged in February with theft.

Former probation officer James Stanton, who was convicted of having sex with a prisoner at an Anchorage courthouse, also could be reviewed.

Six people last year gave up licenses after investigations began.

The council voted in May to pull the license of a former airport police officer, Lance Parcell, who has appealed the decision in state court. He said he did not want to comment on the matter. Alzaharna would not say why Parcell’s license was pulled.

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