Newly sworn in Petersburg Police Officer Ben King comes to Petersburg from Boise, Idaho.
King has worked in the Department of Corrections for the State of Idaho for the past six years, was a part of the emergency response team and served as squad leader for that specialized team using special weapons and tactics.
“I am certified in basic firearms tactics, combat firearms, arrest techniques and hold various instructorship in tactical disciplines,” King stated. “In corrections, I was able to work closely with law enforcement and developed a passion for it.”
King and his family, wife Trisha, son Christopher and daughter Madyson, were visiting his family in Wasilla when they made their decision to make Alaska their home.
“We spent about two days in Wasilla before my wife decided she wanted to live here,” King said. “I thought it would be harder to convince her to move to Alaska.”
King found the advertisement for the Petersburg position on a national police website and applied.
“We love it here in Petersburg,” he stated. “We look forward to becoming a part of the community.”