Bethel Police Department

Bethel Police Department History

      Bethel lies 400 miles west of Anchorage in the middle of approximately 85,000 square miles of permafrost.  With a population approaching 7,000, it contains the second busiest airport and the busiest sea-going medium draft port in Alaska. 
     In addition, Bethel also serves as a hub to the many villages within the delta whose total population of some 26,000 regularly use Bethel's health and shopping facilities to supplement their needs, because of this the Police Department is often impacted with persons other than residents of the city.
The City of Bethel was incorporated in 1957 and was policed at the time by an unarmed constable.  At one time this individual was a U.S. Marshall.  Around 1970, the Police Department became more structured and featured a Chief with a staff of seven, including a deputy who was deaf and mute.
   Today, the Bethel Police Department has 12 sworn police personnel, an Administrative Assistant/Transportation Inspector, a Community Service Officer, a rotation team of 5 Dispatch personnel and 3 Community Service Patrol Officer employees on its staff.  A far cry from those frontier days of just 40 years ago.

Department Mission

     It is the mission of the Bethel Police Department to provide the diverse community of Bethel with unbiased, effective, and professional police services; to improve their quality of life using commitment, honor, and integrity, while at all times conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards to maintain public confidence. 

    Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Honor
  • Integrity

     The Bethel Police Department recognizes that without the support, trust and cooperation from the citizens of Bethel, our ability to effectively perform our job is greatly restricted.  As members of the community, we also deal with the same issues and concerns every other citizen of Bethel must face.  With cooperation from other agencies and the citizens of Bethel, we the Bethel Police Department are vigilantly addressing the community's public safety needs and concerns.