Although technically the math doesn’t add up to anything different, Santa Fe Police Chief Aric Wheeler says shifting his patrol officers from four 10-hour shifts a week to five 8-hour shifts will give the city more police presence and save money.
Without trying to explain the logic (it’s actually a move many departments around the country are going with), I will just post a news brief published in Tuesday’s New Mexican:
In an effort to cut down on overtime costs, the Santa Fe Police Department says the department announced Monday that it’s doing away with four-day work weeks for its Patrol Division.
Chief Aric Wheeler said officers who work four 10-hour shifts will instead work five eight-hour weeks starting March 5.
Wheeler said in the announcement that he and his deputy chiefs believe the change will result in:
- Increasing the average of 12 patrol officers working at a given time to 19 per shift.
- Quicker response times.
- More crime-prevention operations.
- A reduction in overtime costs.