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NCJ Number: 126652 Find in a Library
Title: Twelve Hour Shift Schedules in Policing: A Review of the Evidence
Journal: Canadian Police College Journal  Volume:14  Issue:3  Dated:(1990)  Pages:184-201
Author(s): J B Cunningham
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 18
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Format: Article
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: This document summarizes the effects of a 12-hour compressed shift schedule in terms of its ability to respond to certain organizational requirements including management coordination, administrative efficiency, personal productivity and effectiveness, and personal and family satisfaction.
Abstract: It would seem that this schedule responds to certain requirements better than others. On balance, however, the 12-hour shift schedule seems to have many advantages over the more traditional 8-hour rotating shift schedule common to policing. With regard to the 12-hour schedule, managers expressed concern about the opportunity to communicate with their staff, citizen complaints, deployment flexibility, potential costs, the long period of time away from the organization, continuity of investigations, and identification with the police profession. Some of these concerns are more serious than others, and some evolve from a failure to adjust the organizational and administrative structures. It must be recognized that some individuals are not able to tolerate shift work and that the intensity and type of police duty and the age of the police officers need to be more fully considered. 1 figure, 2 tables, and 61 references
Main Term(s): Police work scheduling
Index Term(s): Canada; Police management; Work schedules
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