Third suspension in prison camera probe

A third prison officer has been suspended in the ongoing probe into the discovery of a hidden camera inside a manager’s office at HMP Northward.

The officer, who officials declined to name, is understood to be the individual in whose office the camera was found. Two officers were placed on required leave in the days following the discovery of the recording device in an air conditioning duct in the office.

The Ministry of Home Affairs is in the midst of an investigation into the two suspended officers.

A prison service spokeswoman confirmed that a third officer was suspended on Tuesday in connection with a separate but related incident. She declined to give further details as the investigation continues.

The camera was discovered on April 9, covertly recording in the manager’s office. In a separate incident last week, two prison officers were fired from Fairbanks women’s prison for neglect of duty and making false statements.