NEW YORK (WABC) — Many NYPD officers will now have to work a Saturday or Sunday as the department shifts schedules to combat the growing number of weekend shootings and cuts in overtime.
While a good number of officers already work a weekend in New York City, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea ordered two-thirds of officers cops under the rank of captain who currently have both Saturday and Sunday off to switch their shifts by the end of the month.
One third will work Sunday through Thursday, another third will work Tuesday through Saturday.
The change is due to the combination of increased violence, ongoing protests, COVID-19 restrictions and reduction to overtime funding. The change will remain in effect until further notice.
“We are doing what we can with the resources we have, making sure its all hands are deck. This will give us a little bit of flexibility and make sure we keep officers on the street, which is where we need them,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said on NY1 Monday morning.