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Baltimore Police assign 115 extra officers to patrol the streets in hopes of curbing overtime spending, crime

Baltimore Police assign 115 extra officers to patrol the streets in hopes of curbing overtime spending, crime

As the department struggles to hire more recruits, Tuggle reassigned 115 officers from other units to patrol assignments in the department’s nine districts.

Front-line patrol officers are regularly referred to as the “backbone” of the police department, but commanders have struggled to fill shifts, forcing them to draft officers into overtime work.

Officials say the patrol schedule, which involves officers working four 10-hour days a week, needs 1,200 or so officers to work effectively.

Police department rosters for May showed that on some days more than 40 percent of patrol officers were working overtime shifts.

That level of overtime means officers are regularly working 15- or 16-hour days, which police and city officials say puts both them and the public at risk.

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