YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Yakima Police Department has been making big strides to decrease overtime hours.
Yakima police Captain Rod Lights says the amount of overtime is directly affected by the amount of crime. For example, every time there's a homicide in town, several detectives must be called in and paid for the extra hours they work that case. And this year, homicides, and some other crimes, are down.
For the first quarter this year, YPD saved more than $28,000 compared to 2010. And for the second quarter, more than $93,000. Something Captain Light says is great, but can change week to week.
"We may not get a call out for a month in the middle of the night and next week we may have detectives called out three nights out of the week. It's just something we can't predict," said Capt. Light.
Light says any money not used in the overtime fund is put back in the general fund to be used not just for police, but for streets, parks, and any other city services that need a little extra.