I grew up in a time when all parents felt very safe in telling their children to always look for a policeman if they were scared or lost. A policeman, we were told, would always be our friend.
This was never necessarily true in Bush Alaska. The police that were there – whether state troopers or city police – were usually outsiders brought in to enforce state and federal laws that may or may not have made a lot of sense to the local population within their cultural parameters.
A great example of this was an incident that occurred many