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 2019 are as follows: January 11, February 8, March 8,  April 12,  May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13.

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 conducted a Use of Force policy review in 2013.  

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


On September 22, 2015, the Municipality of Anchorage reaffirmed its agreement with the Anchorage Community Police Relations Task Force (ACPRTF). Under the agreement, the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission (AERC) will continue to appoint a representative to serve in an advisory capacity to the ACPRTF. The AERC is a Municipal agency and is a separate entity from the ACPRTF. The ACPRTF is a collaborative community organization, and is not part of the Municipality or the AERC. The information provided on this webpage is in reference to the ACPRTF, and does not reflect the opinions of the AERC, including its members and staff. The AERC makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this webpage, and expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions.

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