Parkersburg Police Department Changes to 10-Hour Shifts

By: Mollie Lair Email
By: Mollie Lair Email

Officers with the Parkersburg Police Department are changing to 10-hour a day shifts.

This is a change from their 8-hour shift meaning that officers will now work 4 days a week.

Chief Joe Martin says this will enable two shifts to work at the same time.

Officers' caseloads have been overwhelming and this change will allow for foot patrol, and hopefully a more proactive approach to law enforcement.

It took effect on Monday and the community is already showing support for the change.

" Just increasing the volume of officers out there at any given time is a good thing. It's definitely a deterrent from a criminal standpoint and also the law abiding folks that live in the city, they feel safer. Just the perception that there's more of us to go around basically," says Chief Martin.

Chief Martin also says it gives officers a chance to spend more time with their families which has mental and physical benefits while they are on the job.

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  • by PEGGY Location: PARKERSBURG on Apr 16, 2012 at 06:56 AM
    They all will have to reprogram their selves and figure how many phone calls and text messages can we do in 10 hours,crime whats that,not here in parkersburg.we have it under control. TO VIENNA POLICE CHIEF YOU PRINTED LAST WEEK IN THE P.NEWS INCIDENTS THAT HAPPENED IN VIENNA! HOW COME YOU NEVER MENTIONED THE HOME BURGLARYS IN YOUR TOWN THAT YOU DON'T INVESTIGATE,AND NEVER MAKE PEOPLE AWARE OF.STEP UP CHIEF TELL THEM
  • by Concerned Location: Parkersburg on Apr 16, 2012 at 06:20 AM
    My only question is why? They should probably put them to 2 hours a day. That gives them time to eat their hour long breakfast at Tim Hortons or the Corner Cafe and the other hour to sit and do nothing, which they always do. I'm sick and tired of the useless police force in Parkersburg.
  • by bill Location: parkersburg on Apr 16, 2012 at 06:14 AM
    if you listen to the scanner, it's just another way to write more tickets for more revenue. I'd like to see the crime statistics after 30 days of this in effect. I'm sure it won't change. How many arrests have they made during these overlapping shifts thus far? How much overtime will it cost the city? These are questions the news media should be asking.
  • by LucyLu Location: Here on Apr 15, 2012 at 08:54 PM
    There is no overtime...they get an extra day off.
  • by ed gein Location: wisconsin on Apr 15, 2012 at 07:36 PM
    now there will be a bunch of fat cops eating twice as many doughnuts
  • by Rob Location: Meadowcrest on Apr 15, 2012 at 06:33 PM
    I too think this is a joke. It was tried before and they did away with it. Why is it now a good idea Chief? I agree 100% with Tax watcher
  • by Tax watcher on Apr 14, 2012 at 04:39 PM
    Just another election year show!!! The city council is still fighting with the new Fire dept. shifts, now they have something else to whine about. Hopefully when we get a new mayor, that he will appoint all new department heads including police and fire chiefs.
  • by Nooneuknow Location: near parkersburg on Apr 14, 2012 at 10:51 AM
    Another election ploy ? When the mayor was chief i believe he did away with ten hour days because they were costing too much in overtime. Now it's a good idea even if they are costing more in overtime since there are less officers on each shift. Hmmm. Wake Up Parkersburg !
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