A study published in 2020 found trooper posts around Kotzebue, Nome, Bethel, Dillingham and Kodiak were, together, understaffed by about 22%.
How force is reported also varies by department. Some require a police officer to report the threat of force — such as if they unholster their gun and point it at someone. Others only consider actual physical force used.
According to a recent fact sheet released by the Alaska Justice Information Center, arrest rates for most drug crimes in Alaska have fallen over the past three decades.