Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Dr. Myrstol conducts research in rural Alaska for National Institute of Justice study about VPSO officers

Dr. Brad Myrstol, Director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC), has been visiting rural villages in Alaska as part of a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) study. The NIJ project is titled: “An Innovative Response to an Intractable Problem: Using Village Public Safety Officers (VPSOs) to Enhance the Criminal Justice Response to Violence Committed against Alaska Native Women in Alaska’s Tribal Communities."

The purpose of Dr. Myrstol’s visits to western Alaska villages was to participate in community conversations about the VPSO program in general, and the contributions VPSOs make to community and criminal justice responses to violence against Alaska Native women in the state's tribal communities.

Dr. Myrstol just after arriving at a rural village landing strip .

View of western Alaska from a small plane.