Question: I was recently stopped and given a traffic ticket by a Fish and Game officer. I noticed their trucks say state trooper on them. What exactly is their authority? Are they supposed to write traffic tickets?
Answer: Many people mistakenly call wildlife troopers "Fish and Game" officers. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game does not have uniformed law enforcement officers. In 1972, the state took the law enforcement arm of Fish and Game away from that department and incorporated it into the Department of Public Safety in a division called Fish and Wildlife Protection. Although smaller in numbers, and in a different colored uniform, the brown shirts are Alaska State Troopers. The primary mission of the division is enforcement of laws regulating hunting, fishing and commercial fishing, but they are as able and obligated to enforce all state laws as their blue-shirt counterparts when the need arises. So, a traffic ticket from a brown-shirt trooper is no different than one from a blue-shirt trooper.
If you have questions you would like to ask a trooper, send them to Alaska State Troopers, P.O. Box 817, Seward, AK 99664, or e-mail them to brandon_Anderson@dps.state.ak.us. The Alaska State Troopers remind you to always wear your seat belt. It's the law.
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