All Hands On Deck program to begin in DC - KMSP-TV

All Hands On Deck program to begin in DC

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WASHINGTON - D.C. Police kick off a weekend initiative to fight summer crime called "All Hands On Deck."

That means more officers will be stationed on city streets requiring all of them to work eight hour shifts.

This doesn't come without controversy.

The department's union representatives have filed paperwork challenging previous such programs saying it unfairly changes officers schedules without consent from the union.

The practice has been used seven times by Chief Cathy Lanier since 2007.

In 2009 a D.C. Superior Court judge ruled the city must pay the officers overtime for working extra shifts.

Chief Lanier says she is simply exercising her right to change an officer's schedule.

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