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To enhance transparency, JPD releases its Regulations and Operations Manuel

July 27, 2020 – News

The Juneau Police Department has recently received several inquiries about its policies and procedures. JPD has now posted its Regulations and Operations Manual on the Juneau Police website here.

By posting these policies online, JPD hopes to enhance transparency, promote accountability, and answer questions the community may have. The Regulations and Operations Manual is made up of policies used to assist JPD employees as they accomplish tasks in their day-to-day job duties while serving the community. As the Regulations and Operations Manual is updated, or new policies are developed, they will be posted online.

Some sections of the Regulations and Operations Manual are redacted, which is necessary under the authority of AS 40.25.120 – Public Records Exceptions. AS 40.25.120 governs public records within State of Alaska, including those of the Juneau Police Department. Review the full details of AS 40.25.120 here.

As it relates to the police department, the statue prevents the release of information such as medical health records, information concerning juveniles, police techniques that could be used to circumvent the law, or information that would deprive a person of a right to a fair trial, or reasonably endanger the life or safety of a person. For example, releasing information on how police officers respond to bank alarms or to active shooter situations could aid individuals wanting to commit these crimes and increase risks to the public and police officers. These are merely meant to be examples and are not intended to be the full list of redactions.