Family life suffering, say metro cops
Pretoria - Three months after a new shift system was implemented, Tshwane Metro police officers say the system is not working. They claim they are overworked and their family lives are suffering. They say their desire and determination to work has evaporated and they now turn away from crime scenes to avoid working.
The new shift was implemented on May 1 and saw the 12-hour (6am-6pm and vice versa) being replaced with an eight-hour shift, including a “split shift or quick change” shift. The shifts run from 5am-1pm, 1pm-9pm and 9pm-5am.
Metro police spokesman Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said they were aware of some unhappiness but said the new shift was implemented to improve service delivery. According to Mahamba, with the previous shift, there was a two-hour period during which the community was not serviced.
Members were not on the road for about two hours, thus the community’s needs were not being attended to, which was unacceptable because we have to put the needs of the community first,” he said. But officers say the new system gives them little or no time to get proper rest and to conduct normal daily activities during shifts.
I need to sort out stuff at the bank but can’t even do that because if I’m lucky to be at home during the day, I am so tired all I do is sleep. My family life is also suffering.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at PostSimilar Stories