Alaska Marine Highway & Troopers Renew Agreement for Protection on Ferries
Increased presence on ferries will provide extra security for Alaskans.
March 27, 2023
Under this renewed agreement, Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS),and Alaska State Troopers (AST) are eligible for complimentary travel when traveling for personal reasons, on a space available basis. This increases protection of life and property aboard AMHS vessels with a more frequent, visible AST presence aboard ships.
“We’re increasing protections for Alaskans in a variety of ways,” said Ryan Anderson, Commissioner of Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF). “In 2022, we renewed our support of the drug enforcement K-9 unit in Bellingham, started participating in anti-human trafficking measures, and in 2023, we are reviving the Ride-Along program that benefits both AMHS and AST.”
“The Alaska State Troopers have participated in the Ferry Ride-Along program for several years, and it has helped increase the safety of our ferries traversing coastal Alaska,” said Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Cockrell. “We are constantly working with our partners across the state to meet our critical mission of ensuring public safety and enforcing fishing and hunting regulations, and this program is a perfect example of a program that impacts the safety of many Alaskans.”