Anchorage Police Officer Receives National Award for Service
Anchorage police officer Doug Fifer was recently selected as one of the “Native American 40 under 40” recipients by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.
NCAIED is a national organization dedicated to developing Native American economic self-sufficiency through business ownership. The award recognizes 40 young Native Americans from around the country who have made significant contributions in their businesses, communities and cultures.
“It is an honor to be selected among my peers for such an award,” said Fifer. “I hope to continue my efforts along with other young Alaskans in supporting nonprofits within our community.”
Fifer has been a police officer with the Anchorage Police Department for 14 years and is a union representative of the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association. Fifer also serves as the assistant secretary on the CIRI board of directors and is the finance and investment committee chair on the board Cook Inlet Tribal Council, a CIRI-affiliated nonprofit.
Fifer also owns a small business in south Anchorage. WineStyles opened in December 2007 and in its first month of operation finished 17th in the nation out of nearly 200 stores. Fifer is a volunteer child counselor with Volunteers of Alaska and a volunteer youth mentor with Cook Inlet Tribal Council. The shop routinely holds wine tasting fundraisers and since opening, has contributed over $150,000 to local charities. One recent effort, along with the support of the Anchorage Police Department, raised funds to purchase a handicap-accessible van for a police officer paralyzed in the line of duty.
Fifer earned a bachelor’s degree in occupational education from Wayland Baptist University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in management at Wayland Baptist University.
NCAIED presented the award to Fifer and other recipients at the organization’s Indian Progress in Business Awards Banquet on Sept. 18 in Tulsa, Okla.
The Anchorage Police Department Employees Association represents more than 560 employees at the Anchorage Police Department, which is the largest law enforcement agency in Alaska. APDEA is the city’s second-largest bargaining unit and a major supporter of youth activities and victim advocacy charities in Anchorage.