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Police officer shifts

Posted by ppna on October 15, 2008

While I was reading Mike Eller’s web page he stated that the number of police officers on patrol were sometimes as low as 2. This struck a red flag with me since it seems fairly unsafe. I will say I’ve never had a problem with a lack of police response and I think the YPD does a great job. I asked the Chief of Police what the deal was with Eller’s comments and his response is what follows.

With regard for the comment about staffing, it is not common for the shifts to
dip down to 2 officers. In fact, other than a two-hour block (6 a.m. to 8 a.m.)
in the early morning, it is very infrequent and unforeseen, such as when we have
a sick call or an injury that we were unaware of until the last minute. The
early morning staffing issue normally occurs due to one of the shift officers
starting the shift at 8 a.m. This is done to allow an overlap from 6 p.m. to 8
p.m. to keep officers out on the road during shift change.

I should mention that regardless of the number of officers on a shift at
anytime, there is also a patrol sergeant that can assist with handling calls for
service when patrol staffing dips too low. Additionally, there are other
personnel, such as the shift lieutenant, K9 and NPT officers, that add to
staffing in the afternoon and evening hours that increase staffing above the
mandated four officers per shift.

So there you go — That is the deal with our officers

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