Ketchikan borough considers body cameras for animal control

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s Department of Animal Protection is considering equipping field officers with body cameras.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports that the department is involved with a committee review of both the Pat Wise Animal Shelter and the department’s policies.

Animal protection officers issue fines, respond to complaints and investigate allegations of abuse. Some officials say those interactions with the public can leave pet owners growling.

Assistant Borough Manager Deanna Garrison called some citations “explosive.”

Still, other committee members worry body cameras would lead to a hostile work environment because of the constant surveillance.

Garrison said after a committee meeting Wednesday that a proposal to use body cameras would go before the Borough Assembly for a public process and vote maybe before the end of the year.