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NCJ Number: 77848 Find in a Library
Title: Compressed Work Week
Corporate Author: Illinois Dept of Law Enforcement
Bureau of Planning and Development
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Illinois Dept of Law Enforcement
Springfield, IL 62706
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The possible effects of implementing a 4-day, 10-hour shift work week for sworn officers and code employees of the Illinois Department of Law Enforcement are examined.
Abstract: Both sworn officer and code employee management are able to implement the 4-day work week under current contract. Examination of several municipal agencies and the State of Louisiana, which have instituted the compressed work week, has found a generally positive attitude toward the 4-day week. Those agencies which dropped the 4-day week found problems in making management adjustments to the needs of patrol officers. Examination of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's four-day week also reveals both employee benefits (more time available for personal business, leisure, and family activities) and work benefits (improved working conditions, work quality, supervisory needs, and communication). The report recommends adoption of the 4-day week for both sworn and code employees of the Illinois Department of Law Enforcement, with supervisors working the same shift as their subordinates, and accrual of compensatory or overtime only after the shift is completed, for a trial period of at least 6 months. A bar graph plotting law enforcement and accident activity by shift and by day, a letter sent to agencies using the four-day week, and choices of work schedules are appended. A bibliography of 12 citations is included.
Index Term(s): Illinois; Personnel administration; Police management; Police personnel; Work attitudes; Work schedules
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