Off-Duty Hours for Hamilton Police Officers
From: Joe Sampson
Miami University journalism student Blair Donahue looks at the effect the economy is having on Hamilton police officers and their families. Off-duty hours are being taken by more officers than ever before to supplement their income.
With a recession comes less city government funding and with less funding comes potential salary and pension cuts for public services like the police department. The city of Hamilton police officers are alleviating this pressure by working more off-duty jobs than ever before. But for some officers, the positives may not always outweigh the negatives. Miami University journalism student Blair Donahue has more.
HAMILTON POLICE OFFICERS HAVE NOT SEEN SALARY RAISES IN FOUR YEARS. RISING GAS PRICES, GROCERY INFLATION AND JOB LAY-OFFS ARE ALL FACTORS THAT HAVE LED TO MORE OFFICERS SIGNING THEMSELVES UP FOR OFF-DUTY JOBS AROUND THE CITY.
LT. DAN PRATT, SERVICES DIVISION COMMANDER, AND HAMILTON POLICE OFFICER FOR THE LAST 25 YEARS, HANDLES ALL OFF-DUTY WORK REQUESTS. PRATT HAS SEEN A DEFINITE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF OFFICERS SEEKING EXTRA WORK IN ORDER TO BETTER PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES DUR...
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