NYPD to move to 12-hour shifts in anticipation of Chauvin protests

NYPD officers will start 12-hour shifts next week, as police brass brace for the possibility of protests in the city when the Derek Chauvin trial ends, The Post has learned.

“Due to the needs of the department and the ever increasing protests the department will be switching to 12hr tours starting on 04/19,” reads an internal memo sent out to the department Wednesday. “There is no end time as the department will review the situation as time goes on.”

A verdict is expected as early as next week for the former Minneapolis cop, who is facing murder charges in the death of George Floyd.

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Vacations have been paused through September, as well as any promotion, the memo says.

NYPD officers stand guard during a St. Patrick's Day Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan on March 17, 2021.
NYPD officers stand guard during a St. Patrick’s Day Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan on March 17, 2021.
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“We have been planning for this for some time,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said on 1010 Wins Wednesday morning when asked about the protests.

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The city’s top cop said he believes the NYPD is prepared.

“You have to be prepared for any and all eventualities. We ask that anyone that may come out to voice their concern over the trial to do it peacefully and no property damage.”

Members of the New York City Police Department Counterterrorism Bureau stand in Times Square on March 30, 2021.
Members of the New York City Police Department Counterterrorism Bureau stand in Times Square on March 30, 2021.
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