Lordy, the Sheriff’s Department is changing the shifts for patrolmen across the county and I fear it won’t be a good thing. Right now the shifts work like this: a patrolman works 6 days on and then has 4 days off. Beginning March 1, 2017, deputies will be working 2 days on, 2 days off, then 3 days on and 3 days off. At first I didn’t think much about the proposed change, but after thinking about it for a while, I decided this probably isn’t a good thing at all.
It’s common knowledge deputies make less on average than KPD officers, so a great many deputies make ends meet by picking up side jobs such as providing security for churches, football games and businesses. Working 4 hours at $30 an hour brings in an extra $120 a month, which is a cell bill or paying KUB. That sort of schedule places strains on families as the officer is working two jobs, leaving the other parent or spouse to deal with most everything else. Let’s face it, cops need downtime and rest and relaxation, too, just like the rest of us.
Being nosey, I just why the reason for the change and I’m told they are short on patrols and I’ve heard the Sheriff’s Department has so many upcoming retirements that they are going from five shifts to four, which may explain the changes. That makes me wonder what happens when we call 911 in an emergency and what will the response time be?
That’s a question a lot of folks may be asking pretty soon.