The City of Kenai is located on the east shore of Cook Inlet at the mouth of the Kenai River, positioned midway between Homer and Anchorage. Kenai has a population of 7100, expanding during the summer with tourists and an active commercial fishing industry. The community is also a major base for the oilfield service industry.
The Kenai Police Department was formed in 1969 with only three officers. Eighteen officers, eight dispatchers and support personnel currently staff it. During summer months, five temporary enforcement officers are hired to accommodate the increase in calls for service.
Please click our Crime Stoppers section for a link to "Peninsula Crime Stoppers" where you can submit an anonymous online tip. Peninsula Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information that leads to the arrest of felony suspects.
The department stresses training and education of its officers in order to remain responsive to community needs. Officers are required to possess at least an Associate's Degree from an accredited college or university, or a minimum of two (2) years of police, military, or law enforcement related employment experience. The two years experience may be a combination of post-secondary education and work experience.
Our mission, together with the community of Kenai, is to make our city a place where all people live safely and without fear.
The Kenai Police Department has a well-deserved reputation for excellence. We maintain the highest standards of law enforcement ethics and personal integrity. We are committed to the philosophy of community policing and problem solving with those that we serve. We employ both time-tested police methods and innovative approaches in protecting our community. Our communication is direct, open and respectful. We value our unity and our differences, recognizing that there is strength in both. Our commitment to a safe and healthy work environment is shown in high morale, job satisfaction, and continually enhanced performance.
In our individual conduct and in our professional responsibilities we value:
- Integrity and ethical conduct without compromise at all times
- Courage in meeting all challenges and all adversity at every level of danger with a recognition of the higher standards for which we are accountable.
- Respect for the rule of law and the dignity of all human beings
- Acceptance of full responsibility and accountability for our actions.
- Empathy and compassion for others.
- Resolving differences in a mutually supportive and positive way, through open and direct communication.
- Equal treatment of all members of the department.
- Individual and team effectiveness in solving crime and crime related problems.
- Attention to community needs.
- Quality training and commitment to personal and professional growth.
- Flexibility in adapting to change
- A methodical, thorough approach to problem solving.
- Responsible management of our resources
- Excellence and continuous improvement in all we do.
Those interested in becoming a Kenai Police Officer must be intelligent, exhibit good judgment, and be healthy both physically and emotionally. Kenai Police Officers are confident and often must make quick assessments for sound decisions. We seek to reflect our community in the quality men and women we employ. The officers of the Kenai Police Department possess a strong sense of community and a service orientation.
In addition to Police Officers, the Kenai Police Department regularly hires individuals for a variety of positions. Civilian employees provide many of the crucial functions of the department, such as 911 dispatching, administrative and clerical support. The Department is consistently looking for intelligent, conscientious applicants who possess a wide range of interpersonal and technological skills.
Hunters are reminded that shooting is restricted within the city limits of Kenai. Discharging a shotgun only is allowed along the Kenai river tidal flats area, but not within 100 yards of a residential or commercial structure or road. Firearms may also be used within the city limits north of the Kenai Spur Highway from a line in the vicinity of Beaver Creek west to Marathon Road. For further details contact the Kenai Police Department at 283-7879.
107 S. Williow Street
Kenai, AK 99611
Administrative Phone Number: 907-283-7879
Emergency Phone Number: 911
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