I've been watching the National Geographic episodes of "Alaska State Troopers." I must say that I am impressed at the overall professional behavior of the Troopers when confronted by the myriad situations they find themselves faced with.
I would hope that knowing who Alaskans are and why they are so independent would help in avoiding escalations of incidents. The National Geographic series will invite more ex-military job-seekers to Alaska. Many of these may be traumatized by battlefield tactics and may be programmed to over-respond. Before they are enlisted into the ranks of Alaska Troopers, these individuals need to know about who we are as Alaskans.
Don't treat us unfairly. Know that you are dealing with people who are fiercely independent and freedom-loving will avoid many problems.
Yes, there are crimes that need to be handled. Domestic violence is a reality. Other "crimes" aren't crimes at all, hurting no one, threatening neither life, limb or property.
To the Troopers: Know us as Alaskans. Do what you need to do. Go easy on those who just want to live their life freely.
Norm Olson, Nikiski
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