Oct. 7, 2013
The days are getting longer for police officers in Albemarle County.
As part of the community policing model, Albemarle County police officers are switching from a 9-hour work day to 10-hours.
Eventually, the department hopes to permanently assign officers to specific areas.
"When you know a particular officer in your community or neighborhood, you're more likely to express yourself," says Colonel Steve Sellers. "You're more likely to provide the police with information on known criminal activity, and you're more likely to be a partner in resolving crime."
The police department says they need more staffing before fully switching over.
However, the department needs more staffing before fully over. For now, the 10-hour shift allows officers to overlap by three more hours.
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