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Baltimore police overtime spending soars as department grapples with understaffing, shift changes

Baltimore police overtime spending soars as department grapples with understaffing, shift changes

Two years ago, Baltimore officials said they had come up with a new police deployment plan that would curb the use of overtime while increasing the number of officers on the streets.

Instead, overtime spending has continued to soar — to double what it was in 2013 and the agency is now spending nearly $1 million a week to supplement regular staffing.

The Police Department is on pace to exceed its $17 million overtime budget by nearly $30 million — a troubling figure for a city struggling to invest in beleaguered neighborhoods while also complying with a consent decree that mandates better policing.

Officials say the rising costs go hand-in-hand with...

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