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White paper: How to overcome the chaos of managing officer schedules

If you’re spending an hour or more per day managing officer shift schedules, then it’s time to rethink your approach


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White paper: How to overcome the chaos of managing officer schedules

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By Yoona Ha PoliceOne BrandFocus Staff

Shifting schedules have long sparked complaints among police officers. Not every police department faces the same woes of unpredictable hours and on-call shifts, but fluctuating officer schedules pose challenges for many. In recent years, studies have found that for many officers, working erratic shifts can take a major toll on their well-being.

A scheduling software can help officers overcome scheduling challenges.
A scheduling software can help officers overcome scheduling challenges.

The reality is that the police force never sleeps. While there’s no shortage of community policing demands, officer needs can’t just go ignored, including: transparent overtime management, fair scheduling practices and flexibility in scheduling paid time off.

In a climate of heightened scrutiny and concern for officer morale and wellness, as well as departments needing to control overtime-related costs, more police leaders are looking for ways to find efficiency in shift scheduling. The question then becomes, how do you balance shrinking budgets with a growing list of officer responsibilities?

In this whitepaper, you'll learn:

  • How PoliceOne's survey results show that almost 50 percent of officers polled use paper-based scheduling methods and how those processes challenge these police departments
  • How shift length impacts officer performance and how police chiefs can influence officer schedules to improve staff performance
  • How West Hempfield Township Police Department in Lancaster, Pennsylvania overcame its challenges of managing on-duty and off-duty hours, paid time off, shift swaps and other officer scheduling needs
  • How scheduling technology can unlock officer productivity by giving the department increased control and flexibility to focus on policing priorities over administrative tasks 

 

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