Sand Point Department of Public Safety

  • Agency: Sand Point Department of Public Safety
  • Address: 423 Main St, Sand Point, 99661-0423 AK
  • Chief: Joe Van Shoemaker (Chief of Police)
Phone: 907-383-3700
Fax: 907-383-5496

Sand Point Department of Public Safety is located at 423 Main St, Sand Point, 99661-0423 AK. The Chief of Police of the department is Joe Van Shoemaker. The Sand Point Department of Public Safety phone number is 907-383-3700.

Sand Point Department of Public Safety News

Presentation of Tsunami Inundation Map of Sand Point: The Alaska Tsunami Modeling Group at the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks will be presenting the finsihed Tsunami inundation map of Sand Point. Please join us at the QTT Community Tribal Building for a poluck dinner along with the presentation. Please bring a dish to share. For more information please contact Sgt. Mike Chiesa at 907-383-3700 or

Sand Point Police Department is announcing a city-approved ATV Safety Education certification course schedule to help residents 14 years of age and older with a State of Alaska driver's instruction permit comply with Sand Point City Code, section 12.30.063(a)(2). All sessions will be held in the computer lab at the Sand Point School Library, For more information contact Sgt. Mike Chiesa at (907) 383-3700 or

The Sand Point Police Department would like to remind residents of the legal requirements for operating ATV's on public streets and roadways in the City of Sand Point pursuant to Sand Point City Code section 12.30.063(a):

On Tuesday, May 4, 2016, Sgt. Michael Chiesa visited the Sand Point Head Start as part of “Community Helpers Week.” To help with the event adults from various occupations in the community were invited to speak to the students about their profession and what they do for the community. Sgt. Chiesa talked to the students about what a police officer does for the community, the training and education a police officer needs to complete in order to work as a police officer and the equipment a police officer uses to do their job. Sgt. Chiesa read the book “I Want to be a Police Officer” to the class. The visit ended with a tour of a police vehicle. All of the students and teachers received Junior Sand Point Police Officer badge stickers. The Sand Point Police Department thanks the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association Sand Point Head Start, Mrs. Karen Walls, Mrs. Elizabeth Chiesa and the Head Start children for inviting Sgt. Chiesa into your classroom.

On Monday, April 4, 2016 the Sand Point Police Department issued its officers new oval shield badges with an eagle in the center. The new badges issued replaced the old eagle topped generic shield badges previously worn. We feel the new badges complement our shoulder patch nicely and help promote a more professional and distinct appearance for our community's police department.

On Wednesday, March 30, 2016 there will be a state-wide Tsunami drill between 10:15-10:45 a.m. You may hear the Tsunami siren sound. Please do not be alarmed. It is only a drill.

On Wednesday, March 02, 2016, Sgt. Michael Chiesa visited the Sand Point Head Start to a read a Dr. Seuss story to the students as part of Read Across America Day. Read Across America Day, which also coincides with Dr. Seuss’ birthday is an annual event to celebrate reading and to encourage young children to enjoy reading. As part of Read Across America Day adult role models across the country, including police officers and fire fighters, are invited into schools to read children a Dr. Seuss story. Sgt. Chiesa was invited to Head Start to read the children a book. The children were very enthusiastic about the Dr. Seuss story Sgt. Chiesa chose to read, “Green Eggs and Ham” which they thoroughly enjoyed. After Sgt. Chiesa finished reading the story the children gathered around him giving hugs and gathering for a group photo. Thank you to the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association Sand Point Head Start, Mrs. Karen Walls, Mrs. Elizabeth Chiesa and the Head Start children for inviting Sgt. Chiesa into your classroom.

On Tuesday, February 2, 2016 Ofc. Eric Tupper and Sgt. Michael Chiesa visited Mrs. Sargent’s health science class at the Sand Point School. Mrs. Sargent requested officers come to her class to speak to her students about drugs, alcohol and tobacco. After brief introductions Sgt. Chiesa discussed laws pertaining to alcohol and the possible legal consequences of violating the laws. Additionally, the dangers to students and public safety from alcohol use and abuse were covered. Sgt. Chiesa also discussed the laws and penalties relating to tobacco and nicotine possession which built upon Mrs. Sargent’s previous discussing with the class relating to the health dangers of using tobacco. Ofc. Tupper spoke to the students about Alaska’s drug laws and the associated penalties for breaking those laws. Additionally, the dangers of drug use and abuse were also discussed and the possible consequences of decisions made today affecting the rest of their lives. There was a question and answer period. The students were very attentive taking notes and showing genuine interest in what the officers had to say. The information provided by the officers complemented previous lessons taught to the students by Mrs. Sargent. Ofc. Tupper and Sgt. Chiesa were grateful for the opportunity to speak with the students. The officers at Sand Point Police look forward to future opportunities to visit the students and faculty of the Sand Point School.

On November 10, 2015 Ofc. Efen Thao and Ofc. Michael Chiesa visited the first and second grade class at Sand Point School after being invited into the classroom by the teacher, Mrs. Elizabeth Chiesa. After having a delicious school lunch, Ofc. Thao and Ofc. Chiesa introduced themselves to the students in the classroom. The students learned about the many duties of a police officer and the training and education a police officer must receive to learn their jobs. Ofc. Thao and Ofc. Chiesa also discussed safety with the students including bicycle and pedestrian safety. It was a positive, interactive session between the officers and students with lots of questions asked and answered. The visit concluded with a tour of a police vehicle. Before Ofc. Thao and Ofc. Chiesa departed they gave all of the students and the teacher an official Sand Point Police Junior Police Officer sticker. Mrs. Chiesa later brought Ofc. Thao and Ofc. Chiesa handwritten “thank you” cards from the students that are now proudly displayed in the officers’ office at the police station. Ofc. Thao and Ofc. Chiesa thoroughly enjoyed their visit with the students and look forward to seeing them around the community.

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR POLICE OFFICER: The City of Sand Point is recruiting to fill one permanent, full-time police officer positions! If you are ready for the challenge and think you are a good fit for living and working in remote Alaska then Sand Point has an opportunity for you. Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, perform individually or as a member of a team. Participate in the following activities: enforce federal, state and local laws and regulations, apprehend suspects; investigation of crimes, emergency response and crime prevention; patrol the community to protect people and property while encouraging voluntary compliance with local, state and federal laws. Sand Point, also known as Qagun Tayagungin, is a city in the eastern portion of the Aleutian Chain in Alaska. The 2000 census population was 952, and by 2010 the number of residents had risen to 976. The population always swells in the summer as salmon fishing hits full stride. Sand Point is home to the largest fleet of commercial fishing vessels in the Aleutian region. Sand Point is located on northwestern Popof Island, off the Alaska Peninsula. It is in the Aleutians East Borough of Alaska, near the entrance to the Bering Sea. There is a cold storage, fish meal, and fish-processing plant owned and operated by Trident Seafoods and Peter Pan Seafoods has a support facility in the community. Sand Point has an airport with a 5,200 feet paved runway and daily flights (weather permitting) to Anchorage, 575 nautical miles to the northeast. Sand Point is also accessible via the Alaska Marine Highway System during the summer months. SALARY: DOE BENEFITS: Medical, dental and vision. Alaska PERS Retirement. City-subsidized housing and take home patrol vehicle. Uniforms and and equipment provided. JOB REQUIREMENTS: Must be a US Citizen and at least 21 years of age. High school diploma or equivalent required. Prior police experience with current Alaska or out of state certification preferred. Must be eligible for and obtain Alaska Police Standards Council certification within 12 months of hire. Must possess a current Alaska Driver’s License. The selection process may include a written test, oral board, individual interview and in-depth criminal background and character checks. Applicants may also be required to submit to psychological testing, physical fitness, drug testing and a polygraph. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Sgt. Mike Chiesa at (907) 383-3700 or by e-mail at Applications and a complete job description are available at the City Office. Mon-Fri., 8:30 am- 4:30 pm. Contact Shannon Sommer, City Clerk, at (907) 383-2696 or by e-mail at THE CITY OF SAND POINT IS A DRUG FREE WORK PLACE. APPLICANT MUST PASS MANDATORY DRUG SCREENING AT THE TIME OF EMPLOYMENT. THE CITY OF SAND POINT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. WOMEN AND MINORITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.