The Dillingham Police Department currently is down to one corrections officer until July, when the other officer returns from medical leave. There are several job openings at the station, with three vacancies in corrections.
Residents have reported difficulties summoning Alaska State Troopers in emergencies, and local officials no longer want to be caught in the middle. Now, the police department’s long-standing practice of fielding 911 calls from outside city limits is ending.
Dillingham’s Police Department is understaffed following the resignation of two officers in the past month. But high turnover is common at DPD. Burnout, a lack of funding and competitive benefits are some of the mounting challenges the department faces when it comes to staff.
Three troopers and one Dillingham police officer exchanged gunfire with a person in Dillingham Thursday. According to the trooper dispatch, the person was in a vehicle stuck in a ditch and told police they had a rifle and ammunition before law enforcement arrived on the scene and shots were fired.
On Friday the Dillingham Police Department was alerted to a burglary at a home off of the Aleknagik Lake Road just past Bea Avenue. The Police Department believes the burglary occurred in the 3 days prior to being discovered on Friday. Items taken included jewelry and watches. The Dillingham Police Department is asking for the publics help in solving the case and anyone with information can contact the Dillingham Police Department at 842-5354.
Law enforcement officials in Dillingham are asking for the public’s help in identifying 2 suspects that burglarized a popular local business very early Monday morning. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.