Glendale exceeds police overtime budget by $865K
Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo
PHOENIX (AP) - Glendale police exceeded the overtime budget last year, largely due to the search for a missing 5-year-old girl and the investigation of an officer's death.
The department had budgeted $1.2 million in the last fiscal year for overtime, but it wasn't enough. An additional $865,000 was paid out to officers, detectives and other staff working overtime.
The Arizona Republic reports that the department had been under budget in the two previous years.
Jhessye Shockley was reported missing in October, the same month that Officer Brad Jones was killed.
Despite a months-long search for her that included hundreds of people sifting through a landfill, authorities have found no sign of her.
Police spokeswoman Tracey Breeden says 40 percent of the overtime pay went to detectives, who spent countless hours questioning residents about Jhessye's disappearance.
Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com
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