Another goal of the 12-hour shifts is that overtime would decrease, even with four hours of scheduled overtime every two weeks.
Starting near the end of November, the results will be studied for the efficiency of coverage, the impact on overtime spending, case management, the reaction of officers and more.
The city of Oneonta and the PBA must both be in favor of 12-hour shifts if the plan is to be made permanent.
We look forward to seeing how it turns out. If officers can get more time off, be more content in their jobs and save city taxpayers money without major problems involving fatigue and lack of coverage, the change will make sense.
If not, the city and PBA can weigh the positives and negatives and make a decision from there.
We’re glad a three-month trial is being conducted before anything permanent might be enacted