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Anchorage Police Department

Chief Justin Doll

For Immediate Release:
August 22, 2017

APD creates new unit focused on community relations

The Anchorage Police Department is pleased to announce a new unit called the Community Relations Unit.

“Community relations are a critical component to this department’s success in fighting crime,” said Chief Justin Doll. “Whether it’s the media, an Anchorage resident, a business, or a community organization, this new team’s main mission is to ensure APD remains connected to the community it protects and keeps safe.”

The new team is headed by Communications Director, MJ Thim, newly hired Deputy Communications Director, Nora Morse, and Crime Prevention Specialists, Anita Shell and Renee Oistad. Morse most recently worked as a Special Assistant to Mayor Ethan Berkowitz.

Thim and Oistad are the media contacts with Morse assisting. Morse and Shell are the community outreach contacts. Thim will oversee the entire unit.

Understanding the time sensitivity of media requests, please submit media requests via a group email to Thim, Oistad and Morse. This will ensure it gets answered as quickly as possible by whomever is available.

MJ Thim:
Renee Oistad:
Nora Morse:


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