Tighter budgets may cut into officer’s overtime pay

Posted at 7:05 PM, May 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-10 19:05:39-04

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va (WTVR)--Some patrol officers could see several thousand dollars less in their year pay check, but more time off.

Colonial Heights Police say they have had several past overtime budgets go over as well including this fiscal year.

By July 1 overtime is expected to have swelled past the budgeted $273,000.

But that won't be the case next fiscal year as administration tries to curb overtime.

Currently Colonial Heights pays their patrol officers straight time, money for holiday pay and hours worked over 80 hours, per pay period, which is every two weeks.

But to reduce overtime pay, the city is expected to provide officers time off as opposed to monetary pay.

The police department says while officers can expect a minimum of one day off per month, it won't have an affect of calls for service or protection provided to the community.