State Police Say Arrests on Rise with New Schedule
LITTLE ROCK (AP) - State Police Director Don Melton
says a four-day workweek for some troopers has led to
more arrests and citations, and fewer accidents.
The experimental program has been used in Faulkner,
Lonoke, Pulaski and Saline counties for four
In that time, arrests for driving while intoxicated
rose 13 percent, speeding tickets more than doubled
and accidents fell 7 percent compared to that same
period in 2001.
"I think it's just hard work and a lot of good
dedication from the officers," Melton said.
Melton said he hopes the four-day workweek helps
the busiest state police troop handle a hiring freeze
and a trooper shortage.
Capt. Carl Kirkland said troopers appreciate the
extra day with their families and he likes the
flexibility the schedule offers.
"It allows us to have more people on the road at
the times we need them," he said.
Melton said overlapping workshifts - three 10-hour
shifts per day - allow state police to have more
people watching the roads during busy times.
An added emphasis on enforcing the child safety
seat and speeding laws also has contributed to the
rise in warnings and tickets issued, officials