It seems the German police will now have to accommodate their officers in new ways. The Daily Mail reports:
A policeman in Germany has won an extra week's holiday a year because of the time it takes him to get dressed for duty each day.
Officer Martin Schauder, 44, calculated that it took him 15 minutes to put on his regulation undershirt, trousers, belt holding truncheon, handcuffs, weapon and gas canister, overshirt, tunic, boots, protective kneepads (when on riot control) and gloves - and a further 15 minutes to take it off.
The officer with the police in the university city of Muenster in north-west Germany had argued with his superiors for months about either getting a pay rise or time off in lieu.
They refused on both counts saying it was all part of his duties as a policeman.
So he took the force to the city's administrative court - and won.
Now he has an extra seven days annual leave to look forward to - and left the legal profession wondering whether or not his victory will open the floodgates to a whole raft of similar lawsuits.
'We could, in theory, have judges arguing for extra time off because of the amount of time it takes them to robe up, or receptionists claiming overtime for lipstick application as they have to look good for clients,' said legal expert Joachim Wulfmeyer.
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Officer Schauder's case was a test complaint representing over 120 other officers. Granting them all the extra paid week's leave that he is entitled to would seriously challenge the city's police budget at a time of rigid cutbacks.
There's more at the link.
I'm baffled at the requirement to give officers more time to prepare for their shifts and stow their gear afterwards. When working as a prison chaplain, I had to arrive 15-20 minutes early each day, to draw my keys, radio, battery and other security equipment, and make my way through several sets of security gates to my duty station. At the end of my shift, I'd have to do the same in reverse, negotiating the security gates to the front desk, where I'd take off and hand in all my equipment. Sure, it added more than half an hour to my work day, but there was never any question of being compensated for that time - it went with the job. If I wanted to be without that burden, I could always resign and work somewhere else!
I'm afraid I don't have much sympathy for Officer Schauder and his comrades.