The Haines Borough Police Department investigates crimes and responds to emergencies. We partner with the Alaska State Troopers, Alaska State Parks and the US Customs and Border Patrol to serve and protect the people of Haines.
Our officers attend over 15 weeks of rigorous academy training, then complete another three months of field training once on the job in Haines before they begin patrol shifts on their own. After completing a year of successful police work, they are eligible to receive a basic police officer certificate from the Alaska Police Standards Council. The Haines Borough continues to invest in our officers, providing training on topics including interview and interrogation techniques, firearms instruction, domestic violence / sexual assault, methods of instruction, evidence handling and preservation, DWI investigations, drug enforcement and community oriented policing techniques.
Our authorized team consists of the Chief of Police, Sergeant and two Patrol Officers. In many of the larger police departments, officers become specialized and assigned to a division; traffic, major crimes, fraud, etc. One of the things that keeps our officers enamored with this work is the fact that they get to do it all. From the first response to the complaint, through the investigation, interviews, collection and analysis of evidence, report writing and into the prosecution of the charges, our officers remain involved in each case. They work closely with the district attorney and often appear in court to testify in arraignments and trials. They also participate in speaking engagements at the school, in public meetings and interact with members of the community to develop strategies that help the department prevent crime, not just react to it. Our officers also patrol the townsite service area and respond to vehicle accidents, emergency medical calls, incidents involving wildlife and other calls for service.
At the helm of the Haines Police Department is Interim Chief Robert 'Bob' Griffiths. He previously served as Chief of Police in Cordova, Alaska and retired as a Lieutenant from the Anchorage (AK) Police Department. Before moving to Alaska in 1983, Chief Griffiths served as a Deputy Sheriff in Medford, Oregon for eight years. Griffiths is a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, School of Police Staff and Command; earned his Master's Degree in Business Organizational Management from the University of LaVerne (CA) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Southern Oregon University. He loves serving in a small town and is looking forward to serving the community of Haines.
Officer Joshua Dryden joined our team in March of 2014 as a patrol officer. He has over eight years of experience as a police officer and has an extensive background in traffic enforcement, DUI investigations, interviewing techniques and firearms training. Most of Officer Dryden's work experience has been in his home state of Virginia, but he has also worked in Alabama, Kosovo, and the Marshall Islands.
Haines is currently actively recruiting for two vacant Officer positions. If you think you may have the 'right stuff' we encourage you to apply: http://www.hainesalaska.gov/police/patrol-officer-re-posted-6115
If you would like to learn more about what it's like to be a police officer in Haines, we offer a Citizen Ride-Along program. You may pick up an application at the station. We do request at least 48 hours notice in order to complete the necessary background checks.
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