How to deal with police overtime problem, at least temporarily

Baltimore Police Officers.

By Joseph Giacalone in The Baltimore Sun. 

“The Baltimore Sun reported that 42 percent of the Baltimore Police Department was on overtime last month (“As many as 42 percent of Baltimore police officers on patrol last month were working overtime,” June 7). Just think, the summer hasn’t even started yet! Long shifts, forced overtime, court appearances, details and little sleep make for an inefficient police force at best.

I’ve been there.

The real question is: How many cops have their time in? All of this overtime will exacerbate staffing levels as veterans head for the pension section. It’s unrealistic that the department can even stop the hemorrhaging of personnel. The Freddie Gray case, state’s attorney and mayor all weigh heavily on a department fraught with corruption and personnel issues. Mayor Catherine Pugh’s last choice for commissioner ended in disaster faster than a Hollywood marriage.”

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