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March 1, 2014

OPD vacancies may go unfilled

Police chief, union split on 12-hour shift schedule


“I am not in support of 12-hour shifts,” Nayor said. “We’re going to move on and experiment with some other options.”

Nayor said he recognizes officers’ interest in having time for family life and wants to balance staff morale with department needs, particularly focusing on his major concerns of safety of the officers and of the community.

Options may include scheduling shifts between eight and 12 hours, Nayor said, but a timetable hasn’t been determined.

“I’m trying to figure out a positive alternative,” Nayor said.

The chief said he isn’t a participant in ongoing contract negotiations with the unions representing police officers and sergeants.

Berger said the majority of officers in the union like the the 12-hour shifts.

“It seems to have boosted morale,” he said, and indications are that sick leave has decreased.

Berger refused to comment further as the topic is pending in negotiations, which he said “are moving forward” to replace a contract that expired Dec. 31.

Miller declined to comment on the 12-hour shift trial.

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