- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - Body cameras may be coming to the Ketchikan animal protection department’s four field officers.

The borough organized a group of residents to review policies and the department’s plans to renovate the Pat Wise Animal Shelter. During an August meeting, the Animal Protection Citizens Advisory Committee mostly supported implementing body cameras, the Ketchikan Daily News reported (https://bit.ly/1WpECP0).

Member Kasia Polanska wrote a letter to assembly members expressing concern over the plan while maintaining her support for their use among police officers.

“Body cameras seem to be an excessive and unnecessary measure (not to mention costly) in the context of the shelter,” Polanska said in her letter.

She wrote that too much of the committee’s meeting was focused on monitoring shelter employees rather than the public. Another concern noted in her letter was that there would be unintended consequences associated with the cameras.

Without an objection from the Borough Assembly on Monday, the department plans to spend $2,000 on cameras.

Assistant Borough Manager Deanna Garrison said Thursday that the footage would be managed by the borough and destroyed after 60 days when unrelated to a case.

Police Chief Alan Bengaard says body cameras have been ordered for Ketchikan officers and should be in use by late November.

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Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, https://www.ketchikandailynews.com

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