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Manchester Police Chief To Roll Out 'Incentive Days' In Wake Of 'Chief Days' Controversy

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Manchester Police Chief Carl Capano says he's rolling out a new way to grant paid days off to officers for exceptional service.

The policy, called "employee incentive days," will replace the practice of "chief days," whichcame under fire last year, when an internal audit revealed that police chiefs had rewarded officers with paid days off for nearly two decades without a clear system for doing so.

In response, Mayor Joyce Craig ordered the Manchester police to come up with a new policy.

Under the "employee incentive days" policy, the Manchester Police Chief will grant no more than twelve incentive days per year for accomplishments that fall under four categories: perfect attendance, recruiting a new officer to the department, dispatch training, or work "above and beyond their normal call of duty."

"My hope is that it offers more of a focus on what it's all about," Chief Capano says," Which is to show gratitude to employees here at the police department."

The Board of Alderman and Mayor are giving feedback on the draft policy, which Chief Capano says he will start implementing on March 1.

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