In response to the needs of a growing community, the Soldotna Police Department was organized in 1969. We are proud to be representing a progressive young city that is the epitome of Alaska's last frontier. With a population of just under 4,000 people, it is one of only 4 first class cities on Alaska's scenic Kenai Peninsula -- an area with the same geographic mass as the states of Massachusetts and New Jersey combined. Our town is also the Borough seat, and primary business hub for the surrounding area.
With our location on the banks of the Kenai River, which is known the world over as a premier destination for fishing wild salmon and rainbow trout; our reputation belies our size. Tens of thousands of visitors from all parts of the globe flock to our community every summer to enjoy spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, and to try their luck in sport-fishing. Proudly, our tourism oriented city has more riverside parks within its boundaries than any other town in Alaska.
Located in the heart of Alaska's favorite playground, our weekend traffic can flow like the tide, as visitors from near and far visit the city or continue south through it on one of the State's primary highway arteries to Homer.
The river and the rural nature of our town present challenges not shared by many police departments. Our officers may find themselves checking fishing licenses nearly as frequently as driver's licenses, and the unruly brute trying to breech the automatic doors at the grocery store at 1 AM may well be a curious moose. In fact, a number of our calls for service each year involve wayward moose, or grizzly bears, but we have learned to take that in stride. While these calls have a flavor unique to the area, others are what have caused our profession to be labeled America's finest. As we strive to protect and serve, our officers have risen to every challenge and done some truly amazing things. Whether they are comforting a frightened child, or saving the life of a citizen in distress, they perform their duty with professionalism and compassion.
The officers of the Soldotna Police Department bring that same enthusiastic dedication to duty to even the most mundane tasks of law enforcement. Whether doing traffic enforcement, keeping the peace, or investigating crime, they perform with pride and competence. Active crime prevention programs and school outreach programs provide them opportunities to interact with the community in a non-enforcement role. Most officers not only live within the City limits but are fully invested in community organizations. They feel Soldotna is a great place to raise a family in addition to being a great place to work.
While the Soldotna Police Department is not large in size, we think of ourselves as being huge in heart and pride ourselves in being innovative in our efforts to provide the highest possible level of service to our community.