Detroit Police Now Working 12-Hour Shifts

DETROIT (WWJ) – There’s another court date looming — but a big change is going into effect for Detroit police.

Effective today, cops in Detroit are working 12-hour days, although a court hearing on the issue is scheduled for Tuesday. The change also comes with a 10-percent pay cut, all of which Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee says is needed to keep more of the city’s 1,500 cops on patrol while taking a budget cut imposed by Mayor Dave Bing in his effort to get the city’s overall finances in line. This was part of the deal with the state to avoid appointment of an emergency financial manager.

What cops have said is that they don’t mind working the longer hours; what they do mind is not getting the overtime for those hours.

WWJ Newsradio 950 and CBS will continue to follow this story and will provide updates as they become available.

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