YUKON — A scheduling experiment by the Yukon Police Department was a big hit among officers when it was implemented this year with the goal of keeping enough officers on the streets during peak times.
Yukon's 36 patrol officers have been working since March on an eight days on, six days off schedule. Officers work eight consecutive 10-hour shifts but get six consecutive days off following their eight days of work.
“It has allowed us to overlap at critical times of the day and actually double our staffing as far as the number of marked cars for those periods when school zones are active and when we see most of our commuter traffic,” Yukon Police Chief John Corn said.
While it took some getting used to, Corn said, officers have embraced the scheduling system with enthusiasm. Each officer, no matter what rank, is now guaranteed every other weekend off.
“They don't have to use as much of their vacation time and it reduces the amount of sick leave being used,” he said. “It allows for a lot of quality time with family.”
As a divorced father of two, the scheduling changes have been a great benefit for Yukon police officer David Carroll, who has been with the department eight years. His children live in Lawton and with six days off it makes it easier for him to spend more quality time with them on his off days.