12-hour shifts could help some NOPD issues, create others

12-hours shifts could help some NOPD issues, create others
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The New Orleans Police Department has too few officers, so the department is soon going to 12 hour shifts to try and prevent a summer crime wave.

Twelve-hour work shifts aren't unheard of in the NOPD -- that's how Mardi Gras is handled. But that Mardi Gras schedule lasts only a week. This is expected to go on for months.

"I think that there's some apprehension at this point about how this is going to play out," said Donovan Livacarri with the Fraternal Order of Police.

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Livacarri told WWL's Newell Normand that having cops work more man-hours can be a good thing -- it means officers who need backup are more likely to get it. But it can also upend some cops' family lives, putting a greater burden on spouses or children.

"There's always going to be problems like that, that are going to have to be dealt with in other ways," he said. "There are an awful lot of things to consider when it comes to whether you want 12-hour shifts or not."