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Dwayne Shelton

Chief Dwayne Shelton was born in Wyoming and moved to Glennallen with his family when he was three years old. Upon graduation from Glennallen High School he worked as a commercial welder. In 1999 he was hired as an officer by the Palmer Police Department. He worked undercover for the Mat-Su Narcotics Unit from 2002-2006, and again from 2011 to 2012. He is certified in Clandestine Laboratory investigations by the DEA. He also completed the DEA’s Basic Narcotics Investigation Course. Chief Shelton holds an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Wayland Baptist University. In June 2012 Dwayne was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and has served as a department Field Training Officer and One-on-One Tactics trainer.  He was promoted to Commander in June of 2015.

Chief Shelton is a graduate of the Northwestern University, Center for Public Safety's School of Police Staff and Command.

He was promoted to the rank of Chief of Police in December of 2019.

Shayne LaCroix
Work Phone: 907-

Commander Shayne La Croix was born in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1976, and moved to the Mat-Su Valley in 1988.  He attended Houston Jr./Sr. High, and upon graduation in 1994, he attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he received a B.A. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Human Service Technology.  Following college, he attended the 1998 Interior Alaska Police Academy, and was hired as a patrol officer for the Soldotna Police Department in December 1998. He joined the Palmer Police Department in November 2002 as a patrol officer, in October 2005 he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and to Commander in December of 2019.

Kristen Acosta
Dispatcher I
Work Phone: 907-745-4811
Tony Adlesperger

Sergeant Tony Adlesperger grew up in Alaska in both the Fairbanks and Wasilla areas.  He attended Wasilla High School and upon graduation in 2003, he attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he received a B.A. in Justice.  During college, he attended the 2007 University of Alaska Fairbanks Tanana Valley Campus Police Academy and was hired as a patrol officer for the UAF Police Department in June 2007.  He joined the Palmer Police Department in June 2014, serving as a patrol officer, One-on-One Control Tactics Instructor, Drug Recognition Expert, and a member of SERT.  He was promoted to Patrol Sergeant in December of 2019. 

Alaina Anderson
Dispatcher II
Work Phone: 907-745-4811
Keith Barkwood
Work Phone: 907-745-4811

Keith Barkwood grew up in suburban New Jersey where he joined the Roxbury Police Explorers during high school. When he turned 17, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was assigned to the security detachment of HMX-1, the helicopter squadron responsible for flying the President of the United States, serving 4 years in this capacity. After the Marines he certified as a Yoga instructor, studied under Sri Swami Satchidananda and spent a few years wandering around, seeing the country he served. First traveling all the other 49 states and after finally making his way north to Alaska in 2004, he realized he was home. He served 10 years in the Merchant Marine, sailing tall ships on the Atlantic and tug boats on Prince William Sound. Keith joined the Palmer Reserve in 2017 and was hired full time May 2018. He attended the Anchorage Police Academy, Class 18-1, graduating in Nov 2018.

Officer Barkwood serves as the School Resource Officer.  

Virginia Calvert
Work Phone: 907-

Officer Virginia Calvert was born in Corvallis, Oregon and raised in Alaska, where she attended Chugiak High school.  She was a Public Safety Dispatcher for the City of Cordova, Alaska and the City of Palmer, Alaska. Officer Calvert was hired as a patrol officer in 2017 and attended the UAF Community Technical College Law Enforcement Academy. She is a certified Crisis Negotiator and a Field Training Officer. 

Richard Clark
Work Phone: 907-

Born in Connecticut, Officer Clark enlisted in the armed forces in 2012 at the age of 18. Officer Clark served with the United States Army's 101st Airborne Division as an Indirect Infantryman until his completion of service in 2015. Officer Clark relocated to Alaska in 2015 where he was employed as a legal assistant with the Anchorage District Attorney's Office. Officer Clark was sworn in as a Reserve Police Officer with the City of Palmer in January of 2017, and in May of 2017, was sworn in as a full time Police Officer with the City of Palmer. Officer Clark attended the University of Alaska - Fairbanks Law Enforcement Training Academy and currently is assigned to Patrol.

Whitney Daw
Dispatcher II
Work Phone: 907-745-4811
Anna Gabriel
Dispatcher II
Work Phone: 907-745-4811