Union Cites Begich’s Strong Record, Clear Plan to Crack Down on Crime
Anchorage – Mark Begich received the endorsement from the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association today.
“I am honored to receive this critical endorsement from the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association,” said Mark Begich. “There has been a systemic failure on the state level to address the exploding opioid epidemic and increasing crime within our communities that has led Alaska to be ranked #1 for crime nationwide – it is unacceptable and as Governor I will crack down on crime and make our communities safer.”
See the full release from APDEA below:
Anchorage Police Department Employees Association Endorses Mark Begich
ANCHORAGE – The Anchorage Police Department Employees Association (APDEA) endorses Mark Begich as the next Governor of Alaska.
Anchorage, like the rest of the state, has seen an increase in property crime rates, drug use, and stolen vehicles. APDEA chose to endorse Mark Begich because he is the only candidate with a comprehensive plan to address this rise in crime. His plan includes:
- Investing in local police
- Addressing the opioid epidemic, substance abuse, and mental health issues
- Fully staffing the Departments of Public Safety and Corrections
- Enhancing public safety operations in rural Alaska.
“As representatives of the largest law enforcement agency in the state, we have chosen to endorse Mark Begich for Governor because we have seen him tackle the hard issues and make a meaningful impact,” said APDEA Vice President Sergeant Jeremy Conkling.
APDEA believes Begich is best suited to tackle these issues and make meaningful change because he has a proven record of delivering results – specifically in reducing crime. As Mayor of Anchorage, he added more than 80 police officers and placed 2 prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s office who were part of a strategic effort to get drug dealers, gang members, and violent criminals off the streets. The result of Begich’s leadership provided meaningful results for Anchorage residents. Drunk driving arrests went up and injury accidents went down, fewer domestic violence offenders needed to be rearrested, and the city had a system in place which aggressively prosecuted gang-related activity.
APDEA represents over 500 employees at the Anchorage Police Department, the largest law enforcement agency in Alaska. Founded in 1964, APDEA is the city’s second-largest bargaining unit and operates independently of any larger union. Employees fall under more than 20 different classifications throughout the department and are all part of a collaborative public safety unit.
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