Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sleeping on Duty

Sometimes you can be faced with an ethical dilemma.  Is is right to allow officers to sleep on duty?  Of course, the answer is no.  Officers are supposed to be on patrol, looking for criminals or people in trouble.  Writing reports, giving testimony.  Sleeping on duty is unethical.

I have allowed officers to sleep on duty.  Scenario.  Your shift is very short handed.  People are working mandatory overtime and coupled with their commute and preparation time are sleeping three or four hours per night.  I don't do it if it is their own fault for staying up late or partying.  I only let them sleep if it serves the interest of the agency.

How many shifts can people be expected to work like that until the make mistakes, crash the car or hurt themselves?  It situations like this were officers were dangerously tired, I have allowed them to sleep at the station, in uniform, including Sam Browne, for an hour.  I figure it's better to have them available for a major incident than not have them at all.  Often, even an hour of sleep can mean the difference between being able to finish a shift safely and falling asleep at the wheel; that's what the SGT Says.

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