The Division of Alaska State Troopers is charged with enforcement of all criminal and traffic laws of the State of Alaska. Identification and apprehension of violators and the prevention of crimes and traffic violations are their main tasks. The identification and apprehension of violators throughout Alaska, with an emphasis in areas not covered by a local police unit, is the first step in the justice process.
Other responsibilities include the management of the Village Public Safety Officer Program, serving of warrants, transportation of prisoners, and search-and-rescue missions. The Search-and-Rescue Fund is used by the director to reimburse local search-and-rescue operation expenditures.