Public Safety

The Public Safety Department administers all NAB activities in relation to promotion of public safety in the region, firefighting, search and rescue, administration of the NAB’s Village Public Safety Officer program, and any other functions incidental to the improvement of regional Public safety.


The Public Safety Department shall work to improve all aspects of public safety and law enforcement for the people of the Northwest Arctic Borough by identifying public safety needs, identifying resources available, and establishing and implementing strategies and a comprehensive public safety plan to meet those needs.

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contact info

Chris Hatch

Director of Public Safety

Hans B. Nelson

Fire Safety Coordinator

Jimmy Brown

SAR Coordinator

Josephine Howarth

Public Safety Administrator

village public safety officers

Cole Thurmond


Jeffery Petzoldt


Joshua Harville

VPSO Coordinator

Marlin Autaubo