ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 148
WALTER J. HICKEL
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
August 31, 1994
Under the authority of art. III, secs. 1 and 24, of the Alaska
Constitution and in accordance with AS 18.65.020, I restrict
the designs used for the uniforms, badges, vehicle markings,
decals, and other emblems of the Alaska State Troopers and the
Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement to use by the Department
of Public Safety for official purposes only. I order that no
other state agency or official may use one of those designs,
or a similar design, in performing state functions if the design
could, upon cursory observation, be mistaken for a design that
is restricted to the Department of Public Safety.
Law enforcement officers who have frequent dealings with the
public have traditionally found it necessary to carry a badge
and wear a uniform as easily recognizable symbols of their authority.
In many situations, such as an on-scene arrest, a law enforcement
officer may not have time to show a picture identification card
to the public.
Other state agencies have found that badges or uniforms are
a useful tool in aiding investigations or inspections, especially
if the agency has the power to make arrests or issue citations.
However, it is a disservice to the public if the designs used
for those badges or uniforms by these state agencies are so similar
that they can be confused with the designs used by the state's
traditional law enforcement officers.
If the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety determines
that a design used by another state agency for a uniform, badge,
vehicle marking, decal, or other emblem may potentially be confused
with a design that I have restricted for use by the Department
of Public Safety, I order (1) the commissioner of the Department
of Public Safety to so notify the chief executive officer of
the other state agency; and (2) the other state agency to discontinue
using the design within 30 days after that notification.
This order takes effect immediately.
DATED at Juneau, Alaska, this 31 day of Aug, 1994.
Walter J. Hickel