The Department says it will allow for additional coverage during peak hours.
Frederick, Md (KM) Frederick Police patrol officers will begin transitioning to 12-hour shifts beginning on Sunday, January 5th, 2020. .
The Department says the new schedule still maintains three shifts per day, but each will be 12-hours instead of the current 10 and a half hours. . Dayshift officers will work form 6:00 AM until 6:00 PM; Evening shift officers will work form 3:00 PM until 3:00 PM; and Midnight shift officers will work from 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM
Officials say there will be overlap and that allows for additional coverage during peak times throughout the day.
“The department is looking forward to having additional resources during the peak hours as this will allow us to increase both our visibility and enforcement efforts in our neighborhoods throughout the city,”: says Chief Ed Hargis, in a statement. “The department will be using various deployment strategies to address both criminal activity a well as the quality of life during overlap shifts.”
The 12-hour shifts came about due to a collective bargaining agreement between the City of Frederick and the Fraternal Order of Police Francis Scott Key Lodge # 91.
By Kevin McManus