ANCHORAGE - A task force set up to look at Alaska's Village Public Safety Officer program submitted its findings and recommendations to the state Senate.
Task force members said a substantial pay hike would go a long way toward recruiting and retaining village public safety officers.
Among its recommendations, the task force wants to raise the hourly rate for starting officers to $21, up from the current $16.55 an hour.
The current village force is 51 officers. The task force wants to build it to 111 officers over four years, putting two officers in communities with more than 500 residents.
It's up to legislators to decide whether to fund the proposed changes.