Beat officers to work longer shifts

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 October, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 October, 1998, 12:00am

Police officers will be on the beat for an extra 45 minutes per shift, but will get an additional two days off a month under a cost-cutting scheme.

The move could help the force slash its overtime bill by 27 per cent, a police spokesman said yesterday, saving $120 million a year.

Officers would not be able to claim overtime unless they worked more than 51 hours a week, the spokesman said.

The scheme comes into effect on Sunday.

At present, policemen are required to work eight hours a day and six days a week.

From November 1, they will work eight hours and 45 minutes a day for a maximum of 11 days every two weeks. Under the new system they will work 15 minutes more each fortnight.

'It's not applicable to all the units in the force. Detectives and officers on an irregular shift pattern and attached to Marine Police Unit and Border District are excluded from the new scheme,' the spokesman said.