According to a civil grand jury report released Monday, the San Francisco Sheriff's Department is caught in a vicious cycle. It's spending a jaw-dropping amount of money compensating workers who are unlikely to ever return to the Department, which requires the healthy staff members to work a remarkable amount of overtime which, says the grand jury, is increasing their chances for work-related injury...and you can see where this is going. Let's take a look at some of the numbers.
- $10.7 million: The amount of overtime the SF Sheriff's Department paid out in 2012 and 2013, all to cover for sick and injured workers.
- 24%: The top percentage of hours worked that are allowed to be classified as "overtime" hours for San Francisco city workers.
- 31%: The percent of hours worked by 50 Sheriff's Department deputies that are classified as overtime.
- $3.5-4.0 million: The amount of money the Department paid out in workers' comp claims for on-the-job injuries and illnesses in 2012 and 2013.
- 50: The number of Sheriff's Department deputies currently out on long-term disability.
- 23: The number of those deputies who are "on family or medical leave who are expected to return to work."
- 35: The number of deputies who remain on long term leave for job related illness or injury who are never expected to return to work.
Unless otherwise noted, all facts and figures from Inquiry into the Operation and Programs of the San Francisco Jails, with a significant assist from Civil grand jury: Sheriff’s Department relies too much on overtime to cover for sick workers, July 8 2014, San Francisco Examiner.