Police departments across the US vary in size. A majority of the departments we work with staff anywhere from 15-100 people. Therefore, we have compiled a few schedule examples to fit the needs of these sized departments.
*We also work with departments all the way up to 1,000 employees but 15-100 are the majority of our users
In this post, we will cover the top 3 schedules that we have seen being used to cover 24x7 patrol in 25-person departments.
However, you can download the Schedule Examples PDF that will include over 5 different examples based on departments this size.
Top 3 schedules used include:
- [2 on 3 off] [2 on 2 off] [3 on 3 off]
- [4 on 3 off]
- [5 on 2 off]
1. [2 on 3 off] [2 on 2 off] [3 on 3 off]
The top used
We do have a whole article dedicated to this
The rotation for this schedule is [2 on 3 off] [2 on 2 off] [3 on 3 off].
Squad 2 will be the same days of the week but on the night shift.
However, they allow for more days off so some officers will prefer
2. [4 on 3 off]
This 10-hour shift schedule is displayed below with 7 templates.
It requires 3 squads to cover all 3 shifts; day, swing, and night.
While this is a very common schedule, each department seems to do it a little different.
Some only use a few templates and some add day/swing/night all in one template lasting more than one week.
Squad 2 and 3 are the same templates, but replace the day shift with swing and night shift to cover 24x7.
3. [5 on 2 off]
For example, have 6-week templates and rotate every 2 weeks, day, mid, and night shift.
We use 7 templates below but depending on your specific staffing requirements you may be able to just use 3 out of the 7 (ex; 1, 3 and 5).
Repeat for 2 more squads with different shift times to cover 24x7.
All three of these schedules were used by 25-person departments but also by larger size departments.
The examples are very basic guidelines because of how differently each department is run.
The schedules will need to be adjusted a little bit depending on the rules and size of your department.
If you want to print out and share this post, download the PDF of schedule examples below!
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