Mayor Carl Kuren on Tuesday announced that he and the Wilkes-Barre Township Police Benevolent Association reached a settlement agreement in relation to a recent grievance the association filed over scheduling practices for full-time officers.
About a year ago, Kuren implemented schedule changes that placed all officers into platoons and into a rotating schedule. With the new agreement, full-time officers assigned to patrol will work a consistent three-week rotation on first- and second-shift platoons and will maintain a steady third-shift and mid-shift platoon. All patrol division personnel will be able to bid for their platoon of choice based upon seniority.
The township also will allow officers to switch scheduled shifts in an effort to cut down on the use of sick and personal time and save funds that would have been needed to replace the officers when they call off sick or request a personal day.