‘Oh my god, I’m so tired’: road po­lice

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South­ern road po­lice are un­happy and ‘‘tired’’ af­ter a new ros­ter in­tro­duc­tion which saw of­fi­cers go from hav­ing two week­ends off in four weeks to two week­ends off in six weeks.

The new three-week ros­ter has three dif­fer­ent shifts, with of­fi­cers start­ing work at four dif­fer­ent times and fin­ish­ing at six dif­fer­ent times.

The change was part of a South­ern district road polic­ing re­struc­ture, which came into ef­fect on Novem­ber 30 last year.

Of­fi­cial In­for­ma­tion Act re­struc­ture de­ci­sion doc­u­ments show the new ros­ters were put in place for a ‘‘trial pe­riod’’ of six months, but it is un­der­stood some of­fi­cers were so dis­grun­tled, a new seven-day-on ros­ter was in­tro­duced for some.

A Cen­tral Otago source close to po­lice was ‘‘pretty sure the guys still aren’t happy’’, and said the new ros­ter was ‘‘poorly ... thought out’’.

DEB­BIE JAMIESON

Nurse Judy Ste­wart and Queen­stown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden.

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