Shifting Gears

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As of 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, Meridian police officers are working twelve-hour shifts, rather than the traditional eight. Other police departments have done the same in recent years, to maximize resources.

Four platoons will work more hours per day, but it will place more officers on patrol at any given time.

"We asked the police to come up with a plan to be able to increase the amount of people on the streets, to be able to increase the pay for each individual officer, to keep the level of safety we have today and try to improve upon it, all for the same amount of money that we had in the original budget," said Meridian's chief administrative officer, Ken Storms.

The plan was crafted by Police Chief Benny DuBose and other police personnel. City officials say other cities that they have contacted that have the twelve-hour shifts are very happy with the results.