Phoenix Police officers are required to be on active duty, which means they must report to work at least six days a week.
But many Phoenix police officers are also on duty on weekends and holidays, and sometimes work at home.
The city’s police union says that means officers on holidays can be pulled from their shifts, which is against city policies.
“We do not want our officers working weekends or holidays to be a burden to the community,” said union President Mark DeBartolo.
He said he has talked with Phoenix police to see if the city can come up with a workaround.
“Our officers should be working a regular weekend and we should be supporting them in this way,” DeBartso said.
“If we can come together, I think we can have a solution.”
The Phoenix Police Department has said that officers who do not report for work on the weekend or holidays are not obligated to do so.
But the union says it doesn’t know how many officers on those shifts are actually on duty.
Officers who are on duty, but not reporting, are required by law to notify the department’s civilian oversight committee of their absence.
The council voted Tuesday to authorize a new police department to begin a training program.
It will include the department, the union, the county sheriff’s office and other city departments.
The training will begin next year.
The Phoenix police union was joined by the Arizona Republic and the Arizona State Patrol.