Amid concerns about problems and costs of Los Angeles police officers working three days a week, 12 hours a day, some City Council members called Wednesday for a financial analysis to determine whether the schedule is cost-neutral, as proponents promised it would be when it began five years ago. The city’s Times reported last week that the flexible work schedule has had mixed results, and that a critical report by City Administrative Officer Bill Fujioka had renewed debate on whether to keep the schedule.
Councilman Bernard C. Parks, a former LAPD chief, wrote the motion presented Wednesday that seeks the analysis of costs and savings from the so-called compressed work schedule. Parks noted that the city study found police response times are longer and overtime costs have increased since the flexible work schedule started. However, he said, past studies have not looked at other cost issues, including the promise of proponents that holiday hours would be reduced if officers worked fewer days a week.