Phoenix officers debate moving to 5-day, 8-hour week - New York News

Phoenix officers debate moving to 5-day, 8-hour week

Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX -

A plan to change the schedules of hundreds of Phoenix Police officers is drawing plenty of criticism from officers.

Tuesday, the new chief and city leaders met with officers and heard their concerns.

Right now, most Phoenix officers work four 10-hour shifts. This new pilot program will switch hundreds of officers to a 5 day workweek.

We were not allowed inside the meeting. It was standing room only. So many officers and their family members showed up, they couldn't even fit in the meeting room.

"They were responding more as politicians, more than as a person and talking to us actually as employees," said Phoenix Police Officer Charles Puma.

Charles Puma has been on the force for 6 years. He works the overnight shift. He and his wife don't want any changes.

"I think that if they really heard they would hear the outcry from the families that are being affected. But if he was a single guy, yeah it wouldn't affect much, but he is not. He has a family," said Kristin Puma, Charles' wife.

The change is expected to affect hundreds of officers.

"The fact is anytime you are changing shifts it is a hardship, it represents a hardship from a policing standpoint but from a personal standpoint. If it is important to them, it is important to me," said Police Chief Daniel Garcia.

Since becoming chief less than a year ago, Daniel Garcia has made some changes that haven't sat well with rank and file officers -- like mandating that officers wear more traditional uniforms that some claim only make the summer heat worse. The chief says this latest plan is about better service.

"We are public servants and it is our job to give the citizens the best it can always be. Not if it is good enough right now. That is not good enough. We always have to provide the best service. That is what we are committed to do. That is what we take an oath to do and that is what we are going to look at," said Garcia.

The meeting was organized by the police union.

"We have a system in place that has worked for 30 years and doesn't appear to be broken and I am not even sure why we are having this discussion," said Joe Clure, spokesperson for Phoenix Law Enforcement Association.

"What you see here is a level of frustration from not only the rank and file police officers, but from the sergeants and lieutenants as well as their spouses, the community all voiced great concern about this proposed move."

The chief says appreciate all the feedback and is open to dialogue. It is not clear yet if anything that happened today changed his mind.

As it stands now, the pilot program will begin in May.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • 8 mumps cases at NJ college

    8 mumps cases at NJ college

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:40 AM EDT2014-04-18 14:40:12 GMT
    Officials are investigating eight confirmed cases of mumps found in students at New Jersey's Stevens Institute of Technology.The college in Hoboken says the students range in age from 18 to 21. All were fully vaccinated with two documented doses of mumps-containing vaccine.
    The New Jersey Department of Health is investigating eight confirmed cases of mumps found in students at Stevens Institute of Technology.  The college in Hoboken says the students range in age from 18 to 21. All were fully vaccinated with two documented doses of mumps-containing vaccine. Symptoms include swollen salivary glands, fever, headache, tiredness and loss of appetite.



  • Cabbie accused of not paying $28,000 in tolls

    NY cabbie accused of not paying $28,000 in tolls

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:32 AM EDT2014-04-18 14:32:20 GMT
    A New York City taxi driver has been arrested on charges he stole $28,000 in tolls by "piggybacking" on vehicles through E-Z Pass lanes while crossing the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.
    A New York City taxi driver has been arrested on charges he stole $28,000 in tolls by "piggybacking" on vehicles through E-Z Pass lanes while crossing the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.
  • Search for woman who tried to snatch baby in stroller

    NYPD: Woman tried to snatch baby in stroller

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-04-18 11:37:43 GMT
    Police want to question a woman who tried to push a stroller with a baby inside away from a nanny in Chelsea. The incident occurred on 8th Ave. and 17th St. at about 4 p.m. on Thursday. The 8-month-old baby was not harmed. People who were in the area jumped in to stop the woman before she took off southbound on 8th Ave., according to police. A sketch was released on Friday of the suspect.
    Police want to question a woman who tried to push a stroller with a baby inside away from a nanny in Chelsea. The incident occurred on 8th Ave. and 17th St. at about 4 p.m. on Thursday. The 8-month-old baby was not harmed. People who were in the area jumped in to stop the woman before she took off southbound on 8th Ave., according to police. A sketch was released on Friday of the suspect.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices