Ju$t call $inePari to fill your open $hift$...wherever you are. You know, mutual aid for public safety and all...
It's not the National Guard and you can't force people into work with the stroke of a pen, so it sounds like you're setting the stage for hiring more officers...which, I assume, is what you're looking for.I appreciate all the responses, the issue of being forced has never really been an issue until recently due to Officer shortage. All the shifts have been on the weekend 12-8 shift. We have started a rotation list starting from the bottom and working its way up.
Since the rotation has been in place all call's placed have mysteriously gone to voice mail . I guess the next step is stopping by their house.
But that would mean your town/city council would have to justify keeping your dept continuously understaffed in the name of $20K (not sure how big your town is). Having another officer hired means you have predictable payroll expenses, whereas OT has to be scraped up from some other fund usually.Don't forget to add in the costs for benefits...that is usually what kills the idea. It is not as simple as hire one guy for $50,000 and he'll absorb 210 shifts a year to eliminate overtime. Add another $20,000, so you are spending $70,000 to save $50,000.