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Dubuque animal control officers to get body cameras?

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Just about every police department has its officers wear body cameras.

Now, animal control may be next. 

Animal Control in Dubuque is requesting money in this year's budget for body cameras.

They said its about safety, but also about being accountable when responding to calls.

They want to have proof of every interaction.

Animal Control is asking the Dubuque city council for two body cameras for their staff, similar to the ones used by police.

"So often there's discrepancies about whether an animal was on its owners property or not, when they were apprehended, and a body worn camera can provide clearer documentation that it was because our officers won't take an animal if it's secured on the owners properties," said Mary Rose Corrigan, Dubuque Public Health Specialist.

The police department would be responsible for storing the footage.

If approved, the new budget goes into effect in July, so Animal Control would get the body cameras most likely later in the year. They cost $550 each.

The department is also requesting their two part-time officer positions become full-time positions. They said it's needed, because whenever their staff is off duty, the police department has to respond to the calls. 

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