12-hour shifts begin for Detroit police officers; change part of effort to save city $75M
Shifts start Monday and will see officers work 2 weeks, have next 14 days off
Police officers in Detroit are beginning new, 12-hour shifts as part of the department's efforts to cut overtime and save cash.
The shifts start Monday and will see officers work two weeks and have the next 14 days off.
A judge ruled last month that Mayor Dave Bing could institute the new shifts and a 10-percent pay cut to police. The $75 million in police pay cuts is designed to help the city cut into a budget deficit that once stood at more than $300 million.
Other city workers also have taken pay cuts.
Police Chief Ralph Godbee has said about 1,500 patrol officers will work the longer shifts and keep more officers on city streets.
Officers and union leaders have protested the move.
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