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Redding Police Officers Working More Overtime

Published On: Oct 07 2011 09:49:38 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 07 2011 09:58:39 AM CDT

The Redding Police Department is feeling the pinch from budget cuts.

Police Chief Pete Hansen told KRCR Channel 7 that May through November tend to be the busiest months of the year. He said the department has lost about 45 employees in the last three years. He said there are usually about seven patrol officers and one supervising officer working on a daily basis.

Hansen said he usually has at least one officer working overtime every day during each shift.

Hansen said the extra hours can put more of a strain on officer's personal lives and add to their stress level.

However Chief Hansen also said that the department is taking steps to help officers handle the stress the overtime hours can add. He told us that the department limits the amount of hours one officer can work at a time. The station has also started peer support if an officer feels the work is becoming too hard.