During each eight (8) hour tour of duty all employees shall be allowed one-half (1/2) hour for lunch. The department shall prescribe the lunch periods for all beats and cars. Employees may take their lunch period where desired with the permission of the supervisor in charge of that squad.
Work schedules shall be determined by the Chief of Police or his/her designee and shall be posted at least five (5) days before each shift change.
Police officers’, corporals’, sergeants’ and Lieutenants’ two (2) consecutive days off per week shall regress two (2) days per each work period.
Scheduled days off for each employee will not be changed during a work period except in emergencies. Employees will be allowed to change their days off with each other on the same shift on mutual request made to the supervisor in charge on the day of the request, provided no trade results in an overtime obligation to the City. Changes between shifts must be approved by the Chief or his/her designee.
Unless otherwise provided for in this Agreement, all personnel shall work only the hours of the period to which he/she is scheduled and shall, at the completion of such four (4) week period, be advanced to the hours of the next period in the same order described herein if, in the opinion of the Chief, such an arrangement shall not adversely affect the efficiency and overall operational requirements of the department. It is understood that an officer may, for personal needs or other individual reasons, request a change of a single tour of duty to another tour on the same day, which request may be approved by the Chief of Police or his/her designee.
The administrative process and working guidelines for such temporary shift reassignments are as follows:
a.Bargaining Unit personnel requesting a temporary shift reassignment as outlined above cannot submit such a request prior to one week (7 days) before the date of the proposed temporary shift reassignment. Requests submitted prior to 7 days will not be processed for approval.
b.Once such a request has been approved by the Chief or his/her designee, the temporary shift reassignment cannot be cancelled unless the requesting Officer agrees to do so. Requesting Officers may cancel their own temporary shift reassignments, provided they contact the Shift Commander at least 24 hours in advance of the reassigned shift.
c.In the event the above temporary shift reassignment creates an overtime position upon request, the request shall be denied. Staffing levels for each shift, and the related shift reassignment “overtime” threshold, shall be determined by the Chief or his/her designee.
d.In the event that a temporary shift reassignment creates overtime after such request has been approved (e.g. upon request no overtime is created, yet subsequent leave requests or sick time usage yields a vacant position), the Chief or his/her designee shall have the right to leave the vacating (temporarily reassigned) officer’s position vacant for that shift (aka, “Do Not Fill”).