Shareholder Spotlight: Officer Jared Popp Appointed to D.A.R.E. Alaska Position
Officer Jared Popp of Fairbanks is the son of Thomas Popp of Glennallen and Fairbanks, and Carol Hull of Anchorage. He is the grandson of Charles Popp of Fairbanks and Irene Roberts of Circle. His siblings are Caitlyn Pickett Bowell, Gregory Popp and Amanda Popp, and his stepsiblings are Sarah Hull and Garry Hull, Jr. Popp’s family tree is originally from the villages of Circle, Nome and Tanana. Together, he and his wife, Kayla, raise their children, Andrew, Sydney and newborn daughter, Elliott, in Petersburg.
In 2007, the Petersburg Police Department recruited Popp from the Fairbanks Police Academy. He met his wife in Petersburg, and has been living and working there since. When Popp was training in the academy full-time and also working full-time, he received a scholarship from Doyon Foundation. This financial support allowed Popp to work fewer hours and afford relocation to Petersburg for his new position.
Currently, Popp serves the department as an investigator. He is also part of the Southeast Alaska Drug Task Force, which requires him to travel throughout the region providing support related to drug-related crimes.
“I don’t know if there is one person who inspired me, other than Robocop,” Popp said. “My family has always been super supportive and helpful. Being a police officer is just something that I’ve always wanted to do.”
Since 2012, Popp has also served the Petersburg Police Department as the city’s D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer. In this role, he has reached out to hundreds of kids to educate them on the topics of bullying, internet safety, building decision-making skills, and the dangers of drug abuse. Most recently, Popp was appointed as the Alaska statewide coordinator for D.A.R.E. America. D.A.R.E.’s mission is to teach students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives.
“I was lucky enough to be given a job in Petersburg; it’s a small town with a small population and is a great place to raise children,” Popp said. “With Petersburg being a small town, the police department is small. In a small department, you get to do everything from writing parking tickets to investigating major crimes. I think this has made it possible for me to become not only a police officer, but a D.A.R.E. officer.”
“I really enjoy helping the community and building a positive relationship between the community and the police department,” Popp noted. “Becoming the state coordinator for D.A.R.E. America isn’t a paid position; I was given an opportunity to help out.”