Fresno City Audit: Focus on Fresno Police double dipping, Chief says not true

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The city of Fresno came out with an audit that looked into the time sheets of the Fresno Police Department.

An anonymous tip lead to the investigation.

The concern was Fresno Police officers working on the clock for the city, while at the same time teaching at the police academy.

CBS47 spoke with Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer to get answers.

The audit foundfrom January 1, 2015 through April 30, 2018, about 20 officers were working at the city and at the police academy at the same time, when you looked at the hours submitted on the officers time sheets.

However Chief Dyer says an internal investigation found no wrong doing because these officers were on flexible schedules.

Dyer says, “What that means is they worked a portion of their day here, they would then teach, and then come back and complete the remaining portion of their shift.”

Dyer adds each officer got permission from supervisors to teach at academy, and were not on city time.

He adds the department’s current time sheet software doesn’t allow officers on flexible schedules to accurately report the real hours they’ve worked.

“It either shows you working a day shift, a swing shift or a midnight shift. We are now taking steps, working with the vender to modify that system to allow us to track that better,” according Dyer.

The audit also discovered some officers were working outside the police department more than the 16 hours a week the department allows.

Dyer says he’s now changed the policy, any officer who works outside the department more than 16 hours, must take vacation time in order to work those hours and get the okay from their supervisor.

Finally the audit found several officers were working a second job outside the city without a work permit.

The purpose of the permit is to ensure the second job does not create a conflict of interest with being an officer.

Dyer says yes some did allowed their permits to expired. He now says they’ve all been corrected.

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