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LMPD Memo announces change to 8-hour shifts in all divisions

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A chart from the staffing study shows the on duty personnel comparison based on 8-hour shifts (blue) and 10-hour shifts (red). A chart from the staffing study shows the on duty personnel comparison based on 8-hour shifts (blue) and 10-hour shifts (red).

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville Metro Police will be making some changes to officers’ schedules based on the results of a staffing study, according to an internal memo obtained by WDRB.

The memo from Chief Steve Conrad sent to LMPD staff announces all patrol divisions will be moving to eight-hour shifts beginning Sept. 27. This is a change from the current "4-10" plan in place with Louisville Metro Police.

Currently, officers work 10-hour shifts, four days a week (4 days-10 hours). As pointed out in the study, it gives officers three rotating days off -- meaning they don't always have the same off days. 

The staffing study, conducted by Alexander Weiss Consulting, pointed out the advantages and disadvantages of both the "4-10" schedules and the department's new eight-hour schedules.

The study was critical of the "4-10" work schedule, noting it was designed "in some cases...to motivate police officer performance" and is "not based on deployment requirements."

In a work week based on 10-hour shifts, the study notes only about 57 percent of officers on each shift would be assigned to work. Comparatively, the study's proposed work week based on eight-hour shifts would result in about 71 percent of officers assigned to duty.

“Based on the study, this reorganization will result in more officers on the street which is good for the community and good for our officers,” Conrad writes in the memo.

According to the memo, the police officers’ union has been closely involved in considering all “potential impacts of the eight-hour and twelve-hour shifts.”

In an Fraternal Order of Police Newsletter obtained by WDRB earlier in the week, the police union explained 12-hour shifts would result in legal issues with overtime for officers working in excess of 40 hours per week.

The study began last November after elected leaders raised questions about the number of officers on patrol in the wake of last year's youth mob attacks on the waterfront.

You can read the entire study here

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