It’s the brutal reality of police department finances: keep overtime down. Well, until a major crime event occurs and city leaders must balance public outcry with fiscal prudence. That’s when the area is saturated with extra patrols and investigators. It costs money. And, by the way, we’re understaffed. Translation: more overtime. And so it goes. It’s a major challenge for Police Chief AJ Perez.
From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:
The end of the city’s fiscal year is six months away, and the police department is less than $1 million away from spending its entire overtime budget.
The cops were given $5.5 million, and $4.7 million of it is gone, according to city Finance Director Ken Flatto.
There is hope, Flatto said Monday. A recent crackdown by Police Chief Armando “A.J.” Perez and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer John Gomes worked, at least in December.
“The trend line has recently been decreasing,” Flatto said.
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