District of Alaska
The District of
Alaska encompasses 586,400 square miles (more than twice the size of
Texas), with 36,000 square miles of coastline. Alaska’s population center
is Anchorage, with approximately 270,000 people. The remainder of the
state’s 620,000 residents are spread throughout the state in medium and
small sized communities. Alaska’s weather and terrain are more extreme
than any other state in the country. The interior region experiences
temperature ranges from 70 degrees below zero to 90 degrees above.
Being such an international hub, the City of Anchorage has hosted the
National Winter Special Olympics and other similar functions where the
district assists by providing security.
The district is authorized 15 operational personnel; 13 are assigned to
the Anchorage office, and two deputies are assigned to the Fairbanks
sub-office. The district has five administrative personnel. Presently, the
Juneau, Ketchikan and Nome sub-offices are manned only during scheduled
court. These three sub-offices are only accessible by air.
In the last ten years, the district's average daily prisoner population
count has grown 288%, from 35 to 101. The district has only 50 beds
available in Alaska with the remaining prisoners housed in the Federal
Detention Center in Seatac, Washington. The district expects this number
to continue to grow as all federal agencies are increasing their efforts
to bring criminals to justice.
In March 1999, the Alaska Fugitive Task Force was established to pull
together resources of several agencies and concentrate apprehension
efforts on state and federal fugitives, especially those wanted for crimes
of violence and drug trafficking. With the assistance of the Alaska State
Troopers, the Anchorage Police Department, the Alaska National Guard
Counter-drug Support, the Alaska State Probation/Parole Office and other
federal agencies, the Task Force has arrested over 2339 subjects in Alaska
and extradited over 100 subjects to other agencies from the across the
The Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS) bases a Piper
Cheyenne IIIA aircraft in Anchorage, AK. The Cheyenne IIIA is a twin
engine, turbo-prop with capacity to hold six passengers. The aircraft is
primarily used to transport prisoners between Anchorage and Seattle and to
carry out law enforcement missions within the state.
Due to the uniqueness of Alaska and the broad powers of the United States
Marshals Service, deputies in Alaska participate in a variety of special
The District is a full time member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
The District has established a fugitive tracking team trained in tactical
response to rural fugitive investigations. This team specializes in man
tracking through the commonly remote and extremely hazardous terrain of
Alaska. Additionally, due to their specialized training, the team assists
the Alaska State Police with search and rescue operations as requested.