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NCJ Number: 77979 Find in a Library
Title: Alternative Shift Systems
Journal: Police Research Bulletin  Issue:35/36  Dated:(Autumn 1980/Spring 1981)  Pages:52-57
Author(s): D Haste
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 6
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This British article discusses some supervisory problems associated with alternative shift systems in police manpower deployment in Great Britain and identifies some areas of police work where shift variations are currently being employed.
Abstract: Access to computerized statistics is considered vital in planning the deployment of manpower resources. User acceptance is a major consideration; it is urged that officers be offered some advantages for working unpopular shifts. Another problem is the assignment of relief inspectors to the various shifts. An example of a hypothetical six relief system based on management information from existing police divisions illustrates workload by day of the week. It is based on two 6-month surveys of the same division. Comparisons are made with a four relief system. Examples of multirelief systems actually in use include structured policing at Lancashire Constabulary, overlapping reliefs at West Midlands Police, and flexible policing at the West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police. Tabular data are provided.
Index Term(s): Personnel administration; Police manpower deployment; Police personnel; Police resource allocation; United Kingdom (UK)
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