Alaska State Troopers (TV series)

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Alaska State Troopers
Alaska State Troopers on Nat Geo.jpg
Narrated by Marc Graue
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 71
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael Welsh
Producer(s) Brian Jones
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) PSG Films
Broadcast
Original channel National Geographic Channel
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original run October 14, 2009 (2009-10-14) – present
External links
Website

Alaska State Troopers is an American documentary television series that airs on National Geographic Channel and premiered on October 14, 2009.[1][2] It is narrated by Marc Graue. The show follows the daily beats of various bureaus within the Alaska State Troopers. In addition, the show features segments that follow village public safety officers from small rural villages as well as officers from other cities such as Wasilla, Palmer, Anchorage, and Soldotna.

The show follows the exploits of a number of officers from all regions of the state. Troopers who are seen on the show include: James and Anne Sears, Howie Peterson, Jon Simeon and Brent Johnson,[3] Scott Quist,[4] Odean Hall, Lonny Piscoya,[5] Luis Nieves,[6] Dan Dahl,[7] Rick Roberts,[8] Abraham Garcia, Dan Cox, Gabe Rich, Jonathan Stroebele, Joshua Varys, Daron Cooper, Lance Ewers, and Kamau Leigh.

In 2011, a litter of Blue Heeler puppies were dropped off anonymously at a dog shelter in Kentucky. The two males were named "Trooper Dan Dahl" and "Trooper Howie Peterson", after the Troopers on the show. The female dogs were named after Troopers Aileen Witrosky, Amy Bowen and Anne Sears, who have all been featured on the show.[7] Although the show is aired in many countries, the National Geographic Channel has so far not released DVDs of the series outside of the United States.

The fifth season premiered on September 15, 2013.[9] The sixth season premiered on April 10, 2014.[10]

On May 1, 2014, two troopers featured in the program were shot and killed in Tanana, a small town in Alaska's interior.[11] The officers were reported to be Trooper Gabriel "Gabe" Rich (26) and Sgt. Patrick "Scott" Johnson (45).[12][dead link]

A 19-year-old man, Nathanial "Sach" Kangas, was arrested in connection with the shootings. Troopers had responded to the town after the local village public safety officer (VPSO) requested back up in an earlier incident involving the father of the shooting suspect. In addition to the murder charges against his son, the elder Kangas was arrested and charged with assaulting the VPSO, and for driving with a suspended license the previous day.[13][dead link][14]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2009)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
1 1 "Ice Patrol" October 14, 2009 (2009-10-14)
2 2 "Crime on the Kenai" October 21, 2009 (2009-10-21)
3 3 "The Wild West" October 28, 2009 (2009-10-28)
4 4 "Frontier Force" November 4, 2009 (2009-11-04)
5 5 "Drug Bust" November 11, 2009 (2009-11-11)
6 6 "Alaskan Justice" December 16, 2009 (2009-12-16)

Season 2 (2011)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
7 1 "Spring Break Madness" January 9, 2011 (2011-01-09)
8 2 "Arctic Force" January 15, 2011 (2011-01-15)
9 3 "Justice Below Zero" January 16, 2011 (2011-01-16)
10 4 "Manhunt" January 23, 2011 (2011-01-23)
11 5 "Shots Fired" January 30, 2011 (2011-01-30)
12 6 "Armed and Dangerous" February 13, 2011 (2011-02-13)
13 7 "High-Speed Chase" February 20, 2011 (2011-02-20)
14 8 "Crime Under the Midnight Sun" February 27, 2011 (2011-02-27)
15 9 "Highway Hijinks" March 6, 2011 (2011-03-06)
16 10 "Operation Moose Decoy" March 13, 2011 (2011-03-13)
17 11 "Anchorage Undercover" March 20, 2011 (2011-03-20)
18 12 "Vice Squad" March 27, 2011 (2011-03-27)
19 13 "Dazed and Confused" March 27, 2011 (2011-03-27)

Season 3 (2011-12)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
20 1 "Beers & Bears" December 4, 2011 (2011-12-04)
21 2 "Grizzly Showdown" December 5, 2011 (2011-12-05)
22 3 "DUI on the 4th of July" December 11, 2011 (2011-12-11)
23 4 "Spring Break Crazy" December 11, 2011 (2011-12-11)
24 5 "Cowboy Fugitive" February 18, 2011 (2011-02-18)
25 6 "Madman Manhunt" January 1, 2012 (2012-01-01)
26 7 "Moose/Man Hunt" January 8, 2012 (2012-01-08)
27 8 "Gun N Hide" January 15, 2012 (2012-01-15)
28 9 "Midnight Poachers" January 22, 2012 (2012-01-22)
29 10 "Storm of the Century" January 29, 2012 (2012-01-29)
30 11 "Warrant Wonderland" February 5, 2012 (2012-02-05)
31 12 "Helter Skelter Homicide" February 12, 2012 (2012-02-12)
32 13 "Alaskan Standoff" February 26, 2012 (2012-02-26)
33 14 "Village Vigilantes" March 4, 2012 (2012-03-04)

Season 4 (2012-13)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
34 1 "Extreme Justice" October 7, 2012 (2012-10-07)
35 2 "Knife Fight" October 7, 2012 (2012-10-07)
36 3 "Alaska Chainsaw Massacre" October 14, 2012 (2012-10-14)
37 4 "Shotgun Showdown" October 21, 2012 (2012-10-21)
38 5 "Armed and Bootlegging" October 28, 2012 (2012-10-28)
39 6 "Bloody Warrior" November 11, 2012 (2012-11-11)
40 7 "Campground Crazies" November 18, 2012 (2012-11-18)
41 8 "Grizzly-pendence Day" November 25, 2012 (2012-11-25)
42 9 "Hostage Standoff" December 9, 2012 (2012-12-09)
43 10 "Armed & Squatting" December 16, 2012 (2012-12-16)
44 11 "Meth Dealer Manhunt" December 23, 2012 (2012-12-23)
45 12 "Son and a Gun" December 30, 2012 (2012-12-30)
46 13 "Drunk and Dangerous" January 6, 2013 (2013-01-06)
47 14 "Fatal Inferno" January 14, 2013 (2013-01-14)
48 15 "Crystal Meth Compound" January 21, 2013 (2013-01-21)
49 16 "Trooper Stalker" January 28, 2013 (2013-01-28)
50 17 "Deep Woods Standoff" February 4, 2013 (2013-02-04)
51 18 "Blacked Out & Belligerent" February 11, 2013 (2013-02-11)
52 19 "Hot Drugs, Icy Streets" February 25, 2013 (2013-02-25)
53 20 "Too Much Pot" March 4, 2013 (2013-03-04)
54 21 "Chopper Down" March 11, 2013 (2013-03-11)

Season 5 (2013)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
55 1 "Trail of Blood" September 15, 2013 (2013-09-15)
56 2 "Loaded for Bear" September 22, 2013 (2013-09-22)
57 3 "Bear Aware" September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29)
58 4 "Lock 'N' Load Neighbors" October 6, 2013 (2013-10-06)
59 5 "Smell of Death" October 13, 2013 (2013-10-13)
60 6 "Burglars & Bears" October 20, 2013 (2013-10-20)
61 7 "Hammered on the Holiday" November 3, 2013 (2013-11-03)
62 8 "Carnival Chaos" November 24, 2013 (2013-11-24)
63 9 "Wildest Calls" December 1, 2013 (2013-12-01)
64 10 "Battling Demons" December 1, 2013 (2013-12-01)
65 11 "Frozen Justice" December 8, 2013 (2013-12-08)
66 12 "Shotgun Standoff" December 8, 2013 (2013-12-08)

Season 6 (2014)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
67 1 "Guns, Cash, & Coke" April 10, 2014 (2014-04-10)
68 2 "Meth, Knives, & Spears" April 17, 2014 (2014-04-17)
69 3 "Burning Alaska" April 24, 2014 (2014-04-24)
70 4 "One in the Chamber" May 1, 2014 (2014-05-01)
71 5 "Crawl Space Capture" May 8, 2014 (2014-05-08)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Morrison, Eric (October 20, 2009). "Former JPD officer featured in TV series". Juneau Empire. 
  3. ^ "Photo Gallery — Alaska State Troopers". National Geographic Channel. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Alaska State Troopers back on NGC, Sunday, January 9". Monsters and Critics. December 18, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Where Moose and the Inebriated Roam". The New York Times. October 13, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Teens found drinking at home of former Selawik 'fight club' host, troopers say". The Village. February 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Kentucky puppies named after Alaska State Troopers". Alaska Department of Public Safety. December 30, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Alaska Department of Public Safety Highlighted through TV Productions". Alaska Department of Public Safety. January 15, 2009. 
  9. ^ Bibel, Sara (August 14, 2013). "'Alaska State Troopers' Season 5 to Premiere Sunday, September 5 on National Geoographic Channel". TV by the Numbers. 
  10. ^ McDermott, Maeve (April 10, 2014). "The Alaska State Troopers Return Tonight For An All-New Season". National Geographic. 
  11. ^ Shedlock, Jerzy (May 2, 2014). "Pair of state troopers shot, killed in Tanana; local man arrested after standoff". Alaska Dispatch. 
  12. ^ Thiessen, Mark (May 2, 2014). "2 Alaska State Troopers Killed, Person Detained". American Broadcasting Company. 
  13. ^ "Man arrested in deaths of Alaska State Troopers". The Washington Post. May 1, 2014. 
  14. ^ "In wake of Alaska State Troopers' deaths, Tanana struggles with grief". Alaska Dispatch. May 2, 2014.