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A Look at Meriden Officer Cossette's Workweek around the Incidents

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11/14/2011 12:00 AM
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Record-Journal, November 14, 2011

Record-Journal, November 14, 2011: Professor John DeCarlo comments on whether fatigue may have played a role in a 2010 incident involving allegations of police brutality. DeCarlo says it's fairly common for officers to work 60-hour weeks, although he started to worry about fatigue when the shifts were back to back. Most departments rely on overtime, he adds, because "it's cheaper for municipalities to pay than hiring officers and paying benefits," which can amount to more than 50 percent of the salary.

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