From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:
The reformers have so far discussed: Cutting overtime and using that savings to fund more social service needs; restoring neighborhood foot patrols; putting civilians in charge of directing traffic at construction sites to free up officers for other duties–a change Councilman Ernie Newton has also independently been championing.
Bridgeport NAACP President Rev. D. Stanley Lord, a task force member, in an interview said he expects those changes will be “a tough pill to swallow” for the union.
City leaders and police administration have for years grappled with overtime. The force went $2.2 million over its $4.7 million budget for 2020. And dozens of officers are typically among the highest paid Bridgeport personnelbecause of their accumulated overtime earnings from regular law enforcement duties and lucrative “outside” jobs like directing traffic at construction sites. That outside overtime is reimbursed by the private companies involved.
Full story here.