A recent audit showed how the Seattle Police Department is struggling to keep control of overtime spending.
There are a number of reasons why a municipal department may experience escalating overtime costs.
Sometimes, it's because the department is facing an unexpected spike of work and needs all hands on deck. Other times, it may be the result of a shortage of full-time employees.
But there can be cases in which excessive department overtime is simply the result of ineffective scheduling processes. A recent audit of the Seattle Police Department suggests that it is one of those times. If it does not address this problem, the city could find it difficult to continue to provide residents with the levels of public safety services that they have come to expect.