How many St. Louis police officers take on secondary shifts? - KMOV.com

How many St. Louis police officers take on secondary shifts?

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – More than 80 percent of officers in the City of St. Louis take on secondary security shifts when they are off the clock.

According to a police union representative, all of the secondary shifts must be approved by the department. Officers routinely use their personal vehicles and work the shifts before or after their regular eight hour shifts with the department.

The representative also said the moment one of the officers makes contact with a suspect, whether it is an arrest or fires his weapon, the officer automatically goes into the line of duty.

Many officers in the city take on the secondary shifts to make money because they are paid almost $10,000 less than officers working in St. Louis County.

The officer that was injured during a shooting in the Central West End Tuesday morning was working a secondary shift when he was shot in the torso. 

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