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Anchorage Equal Rights Commission


Anchorage Community Police Relations Task Force


The ACPRTF was created after an unfortunate incident involving a young black male named Cassel Williams on January 14, 1981.  Mr. Williams fired several shots from his apartment window and the Anchorage Police Department (APD) was called to intervene.  The responding officers believed it was necessary to use deadly force and Mr. Williams was shot and killed. Considerable concern was raised at the time that other crisis intervention alternatives to deadly force either were not used or not available.  Following extensive discussions, an agreement was reached to establish the ACPRTF.

Since its establishment in 1981, the Task Force has operated successfully in its role as a liaison between the ethnic minority community and the APD.  It continues to provide a forum for input and constructive dialogue between Anchorage community members and the APD. 


The ACPRTF meets the second Friday of every month from 12 - 1 p.m. at the Fairview Recreation Center. The meetings are generally open to the public and the public is encouraged to attend. The meeting dates for 2015 are as follows: January 9, February 13, April 10,  May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13, and December 11.

ACPRTF Membership

All ethnic minorities shall be represented on the Task Force as outlined in the current bylaws of the ACPRTF.  Representation from the ethnic minority community shall represent the broadest view possible.  No more than 25% of the Task Force shall be employees of the MOA.

The Task Force serves as a primary liaison organization between the ethnic minority community and the APD.  In that regard, members of the task force shall continue to meet at least monthly to discuss issues of mutual concern.

The APD will continue to work with the Task Force to ensure that mutual objectives are achieved, consistent with the best interests of the Municipality as a whole, and APD will continue to review with the Task Force (to the extent allowable by law) the results of its investigations and actions taken with respect to incidents involving members of the ethnic minority community and the APD.

The Anchorage Equal Rights Commission shall continue to appoint a representative to serve in an Advisory capacity to the Task Force. 

To file an Incident Report, please fill out the form and fax it to 249-7328 or email it to


Posted 2/10/2014

The Anchorage Community Police Relations Task Force and the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission invite the public to a Community Forum on a Review of the Anchorage Police Department's Use of Force.

To view the press release that includes more information about the community forum, please click here.

To view the Anchorage Police Department Use of Force Policy Review Brief and Recommendations, please click here.


    • Anchorage Equal Rights Commission
    • Director: Pamela Basler
    • 632 W 6th Avenue, Suite 110, Anchorage, AK 99501
    • 907 343-4342