Bridgeport To Study Police Force Staffing As Overtime Spikes

BRIDGEPORT — The police department spent nearly $10 million in overtime — $4.2 million over its $5.5 million allotted budget — during the 2021-22 municipal fiscal year that ended in June, according to city data.

That is an unusually high amount that the chief and union in separate statements blamed on depleted manpower.

“Overtime occurs daily,” Acting Police Chief Rebeca Garcia said, adding that while she oversees 286 officers, the force is “arguably a minimal of 130 short” but the workload remains substantial.

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