SFPD shifts patrol officers from 40-hour weeks to 40-hour weeks

Posted: February 15, 2011 in Uncategorized
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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.

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