Santa Fe police returning to four-day work week

Santa Fe Police Department

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The Santa Fe Police Department is reversing a controversial 2011 decision that had police officers switch to a five-day work week from a four-day schedule.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that officers will return to a four-day week on Aug. 2.

Then-Police Chief Ray Rael ordered the 2011 change, which he credited with reductions in burglaries and police overtime costs.

The five-day schedule was unpopular with officers who said it affected their quality of life.

Rael resigned earlier this year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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