As essential employees, attendance is mandatory and all paid time off is canceled. No vacations, no sick leave, no religious holidays. Any absence from work would be considered a furlough, and refusing to come to work after being ordered to do so classifies an officer as AWOL, or absent without leave.
“As a sworn employee, you’re coming to work,” said Lt. Kimberly Schneider, a public information officer for the department.
Officers were set to receive checks on Friday for the two-week pay period that ended Sept. 30, but the next payday is not known. Whether there will be a paycheck on Oct. 20, and how much the check will total, depends on two factors: how long the shutdown lasts and what instructions Congress includes in whatever continuing resolution it passes.