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 team consists of the Chief of Police, Sergeant and three 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.
The Haines Borough is currently in the process of selecting its next Chief of Police. The selection of the candidate is expected to be announced in the middle of January. Since March, 2013, Sgt. Simon Ford has been serving as interim Chief of Police. Sgt. Ford joined the police department in February of 2010. He attended the Alaska Law Enforcement Training Academy in Sitka and completed his field training later that summer. In November of 2011, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was given the primary responsibility of the patrol division. Sgt. Ford has received specialized training in interview / interrogation techniques, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, DUI enforcement and has attended the Alaska Law Enforcement Management Institute training and the APSC Alaska Law Enforcement Officer Professional Development Conference. Sgt. Ford became a Field Training Officer in 2012. He and his family have lived in Haines since 2005 and are active in hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation activities.
Officer Jason Rettinger has been the Acting Sergeant of the department during this time. Officer Rettinger is a certified firearms instructor and qualified as an expert in patrol rifle and pistol. He administers HBPD's firearms program and is our rangemaster. He is the department's breath test administration supervisor and has received advanced training in narcotics management and leadership and the attended the Alaska Police Standards Council's Methods of Instruction course. Officer Rettinger is also a field training officer for the department and has approximately four years of experience at HBPD.
Officer Adam Patterson joined the Haines Borough Police Department in 2012 after attending the UAF law enforcement academy in Fairbanks. Since completing a field training program in Haines, he has served as a patrol officer and has taken on the responsibility of handling the preservation of property and information as the department's evidence custodian. He has been extremely instrumental in reorganizing the evidence room, as well as the storage and office areas of the police station. Officer Patterson has exhibited tremendous talent with working with young people in the community and has been a great addition to our team.
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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