SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe Police Department report shows the agency saved more than $82,000 in overtime costs after shifting to a five-day work week.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (bit.ly/RiRnL9) the research found that in the 2010-11 fiscal year, the department paid nearly $1 million in overtime. The following fiscal year after the switch to the five-day work week saw an 8.3 percent reduction in costs.
Police Chief Ray Rael says the switch isn’t only saving the department money, but provides more manpower on patrol over a 24-hour period.
Rael also says the report found the new schedule has reduced annual leave pay and sick leave costs.
Until last summer, officers had been working four-day, 10-hour shifts.
The Santa Fe Police Officers Association had objected to the change.