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Q. I was disappointed to see that JPD officers are not wearing black bands on their badges in honor of Trooper Toll and DPS Pilot Nading. Can you explain to me the reasoning for that?
Dear Juneau Resident,
JPD officers were very saddened by the recent loss of several members of AST including VPSO Thomas Madole. We did have a request to the chief's office by an officer to shroud his badge. Under our policy the chief has the discretion to approve the display of black bands until the associated funeral is over. Despite that approval we ran out of time to make that option known to all badge wearing staff, which would only be fair, by the time we got to the first service.
JPD certainly meant no disrespect and deeply feel the loss of all three AST members.