News from the Alaska State Legislature, the Office of Senator Micciche
For Immediate Release: June 02, 2020

Sen. Micciche Calls for Halt to DPS Plan to Centralize 911 Service

Micciche_stamp.jpgSenator Peter Micciche   Web Site    Send Email

SOLDOTNA – Senator Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, this week urged the leadership of Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS) to halt their plan that would centralize 911 response services and, instead, work with experts, stakeholders and lawmakers on a better, more comprehensive solution. 

“The current plan to centralize the 911 response center – when municipal partners must continue operating their own centers for police, fire and EMS services – is laced with inefficiencies, competing 911 resources, and significant cost increases,” said Sen. Micciche. “It will put residents and officers at additional risk and slow response times between agencies.”

Sen. Micciche, a longtime advocate of improving 911 services, instead believes the department should “get back to the drawing board” with experts and stakeholders.

“There is a need for improved rural technical capabilities within the system,” Sen. Micciche continued. “Doing so at the response expense of urban and semi-urban Alaskans, however, is not a responsible solution.”

The current plan is related to the Emergency Communication Center Project initiated by the Walker administration in 2018 to improve DPS capabilities in rural Alaska. While Sen. Micciche shared that goal, he was concerned the approach would negatively impact public safety for urban and semi-urban areas, such as the Kenai Peninsula, the Mat-Su and Southeast.

The fiscal year 2021 budget included intent language stating: “It is the intent of the Legislature that the Department of Public Safety not implement a new Anchorage Emergency Communications Center without legislative approval.”

“That language was ignored, technically side-stepped and, unfortunately, the project has aggressively moved forward,” said Sen. Micciche.

Sen. Micciche and other lawmakers met with Gov. Dunleavy last month to express their concerns and find a better solution.

“I want to thank Governor Dunleavy for his involvement and willingness to listen to our concerns on this important decision,” said Sen. Micciche. “A faulty process that began with the Walker administration should die with this one.”

Read Sen. Micciche’s full article on the subject here.

For more information, contact Senate Majority Communications Director Daniel McDonald at (907) 465-4066.

###

Share this on Twitter Tweet icon-facebook.png Share

News & Videos more >

Senator Bert Stedman

Senator Stedman Thanks U.S. Coast Guard for 230 Years of Service

JUNEAU – On Tuesday, Senator Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, congratulated the U.S. Coast Guard for its 230th year anniversary.  Full Story >>

Senate Majority Press Press

Statements from Senators on Passing of Rep. Gary Knopp

Senate President Cathy Giessel and Soldotna Senator Peter Micciche today issued the following statements after the tragic death of Soldotna Representative Gary Knopp....  Full Story >>

Senator Cathy Giessel

Senate President Giessel Makes Selection to Redistricting Board

ANCHORAGE – Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, today appointed John Binkley to serve on the Redistricting Board  Full Story >>

Senate Majority Press Press

State Senators Commend Approval of Ambler Road Project

ANCHORAGE – Members of the Alaska Senate Majority this week commended a decision by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to approve a proposed route for the Ambler Road project....  Full Story >>

Senator Bert Stedman

Historic Permanent Fund Transfer Protects Alaska’s Future

On Tuesday, the State of Alaska made one of the most important investments in its 61-year history: a roughly $5 billion transfer from the Alaska Permanent Fund’s Earnings Reserve...  Full Story + Video >>

Senator Bert Stedman

Treasury Announces PPP Fix for Commercial Fish, Deadline Approaching

JUNEAU – Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, applauded a rule today that fixed an issue for commercial fishermen who were unable to receive adequate funding under the Paycheck Protection...  Full Story >>

Senator Gary Stevens

State Senators Thank UA President Johnsen for His Service

ANCHORAGE – Members of the Alaska Senate today issued the following statements after hearing news of University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen’s resignation....  Full Story >>

Senator Click Bishop

Alaskans to Celebrate First Walter Harper Day on Sunday, June 7

FAIRBANKS – On Sunday, June 7, Alaska will celebrate the first annual Walter Harper Day in recognition of the Athabascan-Irish man who, on June 7, 1913 became the first person to stand...  Full Story >>

Senator Peter Micciche

Sen. Micciche Calls for Halt to DPS Plan to Centralize 911 Service

SOLDOTNA – Senator Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, this week urged the leadership of Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS) to halt their plan that would centralize 911 response...  Full Story >>

Senator Peter Micciche

Sen. Micciche Commends Alaska LNG Milestone

JUNEAU – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced today it had authorized the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) to liquefy and export liquefied natural...  Full Story >>

Find your Senator full map