Online Polices and Procedures Manual
Thank you for your interest in the Anchorage Police Department's online policies and procedures manual. It is the goal of the department to make ourselves accessible to the community we serve, and we believe it is important for our citizens to know what they can expect from their police department. I am proud of our policies and procedures, and I hope publishing these documents will benefit our citizens and other criminal justice organizations.
The policies and procedures contained in this manual are rules that all members of the Anchorage Police Department follow while carrying out the mission of the department; the manual posted on this site contains the same information that is provided to all employees. As changes in society and technology emerge, our policies will also evolve in order to best serve and protect our community. Future changes made to these policies will be updated on this site periodically.
While this manual represents most of APD's administrative and operational policies, it is important to note that a few policies will not be released due to concerns for officer safety and investigative tactics. Please also bear in mind that when it comes to police response, each situation is different - it is not possible to anticipate every situation that may arise or prescribe a specific course of action appropriate for every scenario. Therefore, it is necessary that all APD employees routinely exercise discretion, common sense and good judgment.
We hope you explore our policies and our website. We welcome your continued feedback on how we may best operate and serve the community, and we appreciate you taking the time to learn more about your police department. Please feel free to contact me with any comments or suggestions at askAPD@muni.org.
Chief Mark Mew
Anchorage Police Department