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Walla Walla Police Hope New Shifts will Save Money

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WALLA WALLA, WA - Walla Walla Police hope to start saving money next year when officers start working in 12-hour shifts.   

Police Chief Scott Bieber says he hopes the move to longer hours (but fewer work days each week) will improve communication, reduce overtime costs and give officers more time with their families.  

Officers say they department has researched the schedule, and has learned that other agencies have found that shorter duration cycles were more difficult to adjust to, but officers won't have to change shifts if they don't want to. Police plan to evaluate the new schedule after a year.

Administrators or the Walla Walla Police Officers Guild could then decide if officers will go back to 8-hour shifts.

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