Juneau’s Police Department started on Oct. 3, 1900 with the passage of Ordinance No. 5. Residents had relied on the watchful eye of men like night watchman Daniel Kennedy, whose primary job was to watch for fires but who also kept an eye on the safety of people on Juneau’s streets after dark. By 1912 the Juneau “Common Council,” forerunner to our modern Assembly, had busied itself with many things relating to law enforcement in a growing town, such as the regulation of moving pictures, orders to tear down or repair dilapidated and unsanitary buildings, a 6-mile-per-hour speed limit on motor vehicles and the salary levels and retirements of law enforcement officers.
In 1911, Dan Kennedy retired after years of loyal service and was given a $25 per month pension in perpetuity. Around that time the position of dog catcher was also affirmed at $2 per day and .50 cents per errant pup captured.
The Juneau Police Department since its founding has had 458 sworn officers and 46 chiefs, said Assistant Chief of Police Page Decker, who provided the information above.
The department will celebrate its history by posting an extensive online chronology on its website, www.juneau.org/police/ later this week, he said. Check their page and look for the link.