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Help the Downtown Association of Fairbanks Community Services (DAFCS) field the Community Service Patrol.

The DAFCS’s mission is to identify and fill critical social service gaps, lessen the burdens of government while at the same time maintaining the vitality and improving the overall quality of life in downtown Fairbanks. 

The Community Service Patrol (CSP) started downtown in 2007 with a mission to maintain a positive environment in downtown’s public places and to take people found incapacitated or inebriated in public places to an appropriate point of care, as put forth by Alaska Statute, Title 47.  (This Title refers to an “Emergency Service Patrol”, so “ESP” is used often used when speaking of the CSP.)

Over time, it was evident that the downtown-based program removed a substantial “duty burden” for  the Police and Fire departments of non-criminal and non-emergent situations.  So in 2014, then-Mayor John Eberhart asked the Downtown Association to take the program city-wide.  The Downtown Association agreed.  But needing to keep its focus downtown, the Association proposed a timeline by which the city would become the operator of the program and the Downtown Association would remain as a funder to the extent that it could raise monies from the private sector and grant sources.  

The hand-over of operations was accomplished by a Memorandum of Agreement between the City and the Downtown Association on June 1, 2016, whereby the city assumed operational control of the CSP and aligned it with its emergency services departments, and the Downtown Association donated a van and remained as a funder by “aggregating” donations and grants and paying invoices presented by the city.  2018’s donors can be found here.  

It is a unique relationship – a non-profit giving money to the city for its obligations to pubic safety – but it works and we are happy to play this role.  Thank you for reading and thank you for donating or considering a donation to the CSP.