NORTH AURORA – Starting in January, patrol officers will switch from traditional eight-hour shifts to a combination of 10-hour and eight-hour shifts.
Village trustees approved the move Monday.
North Aurora Village Administrator Steve Bosco said the new arrangement will provide several benefits.
“It helps with flexibility on different staffing issues,” Bosco said. “It provides higher staffing levels without increasing the number of officers.”
The move also is expected to save money, he said.
North Aurora police Chief David Summer has estimated the village will see an annual savings of up to 10 percent in extra pay, overtime, court time and holiday pay.
Under the new system, patrol officers will choose either 10-hour shifts or eight-hour shifts, based on seniority.
Patrol sergeants still would work 8-hour shifts and their schedules would remain the same.
“We’re going to try it to see what happens,” North Aurora Village President Dale Berman said. “It allows them to do some things on longer shifts that they couldn’t do in eight-hour shifts. They can be more efficient.”
Village trustees also approved a contract modification agreement between the village and the Metropolitan Alliance Of Police, North Aurora Police Chapter 633.
The contract runs through May 31, 2015.