- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Washington County sheriff’s deputies are now working 12 hours per shift.

Assistant Chief Deputy Percy Miles tells the Delta Democrat-Times (http://bit.ly/1Gp3N1O ) that working longer shifts will allow the department to position more deputies throughout the county.

Miles says administrators are hoping for a decrease in overtime, which has a tendency to go down during longer shifts. With 12-hour shifts, the department’s 38 deputies will work three days for one week and two days the following week.

While the time still equates to an 80-hour pay period, the shift change, administrators hope, will give deputies a more feasible schedule.

Miles says the main objective of this new shift is to keep community members safe and to deter crime in the surrounding areas.

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Information from: Delta Democrat-Times, http://www.ddtonline.com

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