UPDATE: As of June 1, 2016 the Community Service Patrol will no longer be managed by the Downtown Association of Fairbanks. The CSP will instead be managed by the City of Fairbanks. The Downtown Association will continue to help support the CSP through fundraising. Click here if you wish to donate.
Alaska Statute Title 47 requires local public safety agencies to take intoxicated or incapacitated people into protective custody to prevent victimization and cold-related injuries. But a lack of capacity at the Fairbanks Police and Fire Departments to handle non-criminal or non-emergent situations presented by intoxicated and incapacitated persons creates a need for the Community Service Patrol (CSP).
The CSP deploys as a downtown foot patrol and city-wide van patrol 19 hours/day, 7 days/week to address incapacitated and intoxicated peoples’ intensive and recurring needs for safety and access to medical and clinical care. In the twelve months ended August 31, 2015, the CSP responded to 6,549 calls for service. Of those calls for service, a protective custody transport to an appropriate point of care ensued 4,464 times.
The CSP has at least four positive impacts on the Fairbanks community. First, a vulnerable population has CSP Ambassadors looking out for them on the streets to head-off victimization, cold-related injuries and death. Second, the CSP reduces intimidating behaviors and keeps downtown’s public spaces safe and welcoming for all to enjoy. Third, the CSP has a mandate to seek care for individuals appropriate to their condition and appropriate to the clinical/medical resources available at any given time in the Fairbanks community. Finally, the CSP handles the Title 47 requirements of protective custody and transport at roughly half of what it costs the Fairbanks Police and Fire departments. The CSP program has a $322,000 operating budget funded by a community effort.
CSP responds to calls of a non-criminal or non-emergency nature for persons who are incapacitated or intoxicated in a public place, defined as a place to which the public or a substantial group of persons has access and includes, but is not limited to, streets, highways, sidewalks, alleys, transportation facilities, parking areas, convention centers, sports arena, schools, places of business or amusement, shopping centers, malls, parks, playgrounds, prisons, and hallways, lobbies, doorways and other portions of apartment houses and hotels not constituting rooms or apartments designed for actual residence.
If an intoxicated or incapacitated person is in a public place, whether public or privately owned, that person is subject to title 47. Public places do not include areas not open to the public, such as hotel rooms, commercial kitchens or private residences. While CSP Ambassadors can accept the help of the property owner, its representative or employee in getting an intoxicated person to a public space, like a sidewalk, this is not a requirement and CSP Ambassadors may exercise their authority under title 47 on public places on private property.
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In the News: News-Miner Community Perspective 2015-10-06; News-Miner editorial 2014-05-08 City, Downtown Association ink deal for larger Fairbanks inebriate patrol 2014-04-11 CSP in Borough budget 2014-02-13 News-Miner editorial 2014-01-29 Public Safety Policy Shake-up 2013-12-11 News-Miner editorial heralds the CSP and donors 2011-12-02 Anonymous donor makes an early Christmas for the CSP’s beneficiaries 2011-12-01 Alaska Mental Health Trust buys CSP new van 2010-03-12 Fairbanks Daily News Miner pro-CSP 2010-03-12 Community Service Patrol: In Their Own Words
To contact the CSP, call City of Fairbanks Dispatch Department at 450-6507.