Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon has announced a restructuring of operations to try to boost crime prevention in the City of Orlando.
A newly reworked organizational plan will take officers that are normally scheduled for low-need service windows and place them in higher-demand shifts where the department sees a surge in demand; namely the early afternoon and late evening hours.
The newly reworked schedule will place six more patrol squads during the busier shift of 11 a.m.-11 p.m. which will change to 3 p.m.-3 a.m. on the weekends to correspond with the downtown drinking scene.
The previous busy shift was from 6 a.m.-6 p.m., which meant sometimes holding calls around 6 p.m. as the shifts were changing; and 6 p.m. tends to be a busier time of the day for police officers as people return home or are en route somewhere after work.
The organizational changes also saw the consolidation of the specialized drug, tactical, neighborhood, and gang units into one Special Enforcement Division.
Check out the following Tweet from @orlandopolice which includes a video of Chief Rolon’s announcement made on April 23.
Today, OPD Chief Orlando Rolón announced an innovative new staffing structure that incorporates local data and feedback. Thinking outside the box will help OPD better serve the city! pic.twitter.com/Pt9Lz6H3Iu— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) April 23, 2019