Dallas Police Department Limiting Officers' Off-Duty Hours

Steven Pickering
November 13, 2019 - 1:49 pm
Dallas Police

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The Dallas Police Department plans to cut back on the number of hours that officers can work at their off-duty jobs.

Top department officials say working too many hours can lead to fatigue for those officers, harming both their mental and physical health.

"We joke a little bit...we talk about officers going from uniforms to pajamas to uniforms," said DPD Lieutenant James Lewis. "We saw that we had a responsibility to reduce the number of hours that officers were allowed to work in an off-duty capacity."

Current policy allows DPD officers to work 40 hours for the department per week and up to 72 hours per week at off-duty jobs.

"We're reducing that 40 hours of off-duty work in addition to the 40 hours of on-duty...to bring that down significantly," Lt. Lewis said.

DPD also plans to switch to a software system next year to make it easier to keep track of officers' off-duty hours. That task is currently assigned to their commanders. "They're auditing every troop...and then based on whether or not they work off-duty jobs...what exactly those hours entail, so that they can keep track of that information," Lt. Lewis said.