Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Rest & Unrest

Officers should generally not be expected to work more than twelve hours at a time, but in an extreme emergency can work up to 24 hours.  Managements failure to plan for more officers to cover an incident does not constitute an  emergency.  Request mutual aid if necessary, officers who work more than twelve hours at a time will have slow reaction times and may make poor decisions. 

Officers should have a place to sleep if they are expected to work more than twelve hours.  Even a short one hour nap can make a huge difference in alertness.  Officers can be rotated back to the locker room to shower, change uniforms, and eat before they return to duty. 

Freshening up can make a big difference in the ability to work a long shift.  On hot days, a rotation like this after six to eight hours can help to keep all officers sharp and comfortable.  Take care of your people, even in an emergency; that's what the SGT Says.

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