More Than 1,000 Officers Worked At Least 11 Days Straight In April, May: City Watchdog

More than 1,000 members of the Chicago Police Department were scheduled to work 11 or more consecutive days between April 1 and May 31, according to the results of an inquiry released Thursday by the city’s watchdog. Inspector General Deborah Witzburg conducted the inquiry after Supt. David Brown’s decision to repeatedly cancel officers’ scheduled days […]

Overtime Rising As Seattle Fire Dept. Staff Shortages Continue

Last Christmas Eve, Seattle firefighter Daniel Kieta clocked in to work a 24-hour shift. He worked another 24 hours the next day, and after a day’s rest, put in a second 48-hour shift, logging 130 hours — all overtime — in the final week of the year. It was the most extreme week for Kieta, who worked the most hours […]

LAPD To Receive Scheduled Raises Delayed By COVID Pandemic

Over the past months, Los Angeles officials have struck deals to restore wages for police, firefighters and other city workers, providing cash payouts and other benefits. It was the depths of the first COVID-19 winter surge. Tax revenues had tumbled in Los Angeles, and the city’s budget was in deep trouble. Faced with the prospect of employee […]