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VPD testing out 12 hour patrol shifts

Lt. Aaron Kirk Lt. Aaron Kirk
Door mat at the entrance to the Valdosta Police Department Door mat at the entrance to the Valdosta Police Department
A police car in the parking lot of the Valdosta Police Department A police car in the parking lot of the Valdosta Police Department
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Valdosta residents may be noticing an increased police presence in the city.

Patrol officers with the Valdosta Police Department are currently working twelve hour shifts instead of their normal eight hour shifts.

The idea was proposed by the officers themselves and has been in place for several weeks now. The officer wanted more time off and a more regular schedule, things that were difficult to achieve on 8 hour shifts.

Lieutenant Aaron Kirk said the shift change will hopefully accomplish these things as well as helping boost morale among the officers.

"Hopefully, you know, they'll have every other weekend off and hopefully it'll just increase the morale of our officers along with putting more officers on the road...you know, we feel that it's going to give them a better opportunity to serve the public and also spend time with their families," Kirk said.

Kirk added that the shift change will also help with retention.

He said the department is currently hiring new officers and several officers have applied solely based on the fact that the department is transitioning to twelve hour shifts.

The police chief will meet with officers in Mid-December to discuss whether or not the twelve hour shifts will become permanent.

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