Anchorage Police chief provides update on body cameras

Anchorage Police chief provides update on body cameras

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – Anchorage Police Division and Anchorage Police Division Workers Affiliation, a disagreement over whether officers can review their own body camera footage.

Anchorage Police Division Chief Michael Kerle spoke with the division’s disagreement with the Anchorage Police Division Worker Affiliation relating to the coverage of physique cameras worn by officers.

Arbitration is scheduled to happen in April, however APD and APDEA may nonetheless attain an settlement earlier than that date, APDEA chief Darrell Evans mentioned in a cellphone name.

The coverage challenge couldn’t be resolved with the division and union and went to arbitration. Metropolis lawyer Blair Christiansen is collaborating within the arbitration.

“I do not know the precise date. I do know it is scheduled for 3 days, three to 4 days, and it normally takes a month or two after the arbitration, regardless of how lengthy it takes for the arbitrator to make the evaluation and write the result of the arbitration,” he mentioned.

Whereas the physique digital camera utilization coverage is being resolved, APD is investigating three potential distributors for physique cameras for use within the area. 4 distributors initially participated within the buy request course of initiated by the division and was diminished to 3 after preliminary critiques. In accordance with Kerle, a committee was shaped to judge the remaining three corporations competing to acquire the recording tools.

“Starting later this month, we’ll even have totally different distributors are available and do displays,” Kerle mentioned. “Our committee will consider the three remaining distributors and hopefully choose a vendor earlier than the top of February.”

Kerle mentioned the APD hopes to have physique cameras prepared for coaching earlier than the brand new coverage takes impact.

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