Independent Investigation of APD Planned
Mayor to hire experts to review policies and procedures
Contact: Lindsey Spinelli
ANCHORAGE – Mayor Sullivan today announced an external investigation into the policy and procedures at the Anchorage Police Department (APD) as they relate to the supervision and disciplinary actions of their employees. The charges and conviction of Anthony Rollins have brought into question whether there is sufficient oversight and timely and appropriate discipline within the organization.
The Administration is in contract discussions with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to conduct the external review. The IACP are experts in the areas of police operating procedures, policies, and training. They will review the corrective actions that have been taken, and make recommendations as to what more should be done in order to maintain officers of the highest integrity and professionalism. The results are expected in approximately 120 days.
In April of 2009, the Anchorage Police Department received credible and actionable evidence that Anthony Rollins had allegedly sexually assaulted a woman. The Anchorage Police Department immediately opened a criminal investigation, which included researching police reports and trying to contact over two hundred women Mr. Rollins had contact with while on duty. The Department’s quick and thorough action, and the cooperation of the victims, led to the arrest and conviction of Mr. Rollins for sexually assaulting five women.
The Anchorage Police Department’s Mission is “to protect and serve our community in the most professional and compassionate manner possible.” Hundreds of officers do this every day. “APD has acted proactively to improve policies and programs within the department,” said Mayor Sullivan. “However, we do not want to miss an opportunity to further improve how we operate and continue to earn the trust of the public. The external review will help us accomplish this goal.”