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 Anchorage Safety Patrol and Center

Main Number: (907) 343-4006

The Municipal Department of Health and Human Services manages the contract for the Anchorage Safety Patrol(ASP) & Safety Center (ASC).  ASP van staff take persons incapacitated by alcohol (in public places) into protective custody and transport them to the Safety Center located in the Anchorage Jail Complex.  Clients are assessed using basic physiological parameters, and those falling outside safe standards for the safety center are taken to hospitals for medical clearance or further care.
The ASP van response service operates from 2:00 PM – 6:00 AM daily to respond to dispatch requests.  To request ASP during these hours, call van dispatch at: 343-4006.
ASP vans are predominantly dispatched to the Downtown, Midtown, Mountain View and Fairview areas, however their response area extends to Anchorage areas north of International Airport Road.  In the event the van is unavailable, dispatch requests may be referred to the Anchorage Police Department’s non-emergency line at 786-8900.  For emergencies, call 911.
The Safety Center is always open and staffed (year-round 24 hours per day / 7 days per week) to monitor clients during the sobering process.  On-site contractor staffing is maintained at 1 staff to-10 clients ratio, and includes a state-certified Emergency Medical Technician. 
The ASP/ASC Contract is currently held by NANA Management Services, LLC, dba Purcell Services; contract cost is $1,410,000.  Funding for the ASC contract comes from two sources:  MOA operating dollars (87%) and federal grant funding provided by Southcentral Foundation (13%).  The Anchorage Safety Center is a Municipal-owned and maintained facility.


Program Contact Information

For more information on ASP/ASC please contact the Municpal Department of Health and Human Services ASP/ASC Contact Administrator, Mark Lessard at (907) 343-6519 or