Police Schedule

A commong Police schedule is a 4 day work rotation. It sounds simple, but have you considered what that means?

The 4 working days are broken down into two 12 hour dayshifts and two 12 hour graveyard shifts.

Typically, a dayshift will start at 6 AM and go until 6 PM or 7 AM until 7 PM.

After the second dayshift, there is a 24 hour "break", and the officer will return to duty at 6 PM and work until 6 AM (or 7 PM to 7 AM).

He/she does that twice and they reach their 4 days off.

Needless to say, if you start at 6 AM or 7 AM, you'll have to be up at around 4:30 AM or 5:30 AM if you want to shower/shave, have a decent breakfast, and get to work.

Is your spouse going to get up that early to be with you? If you answered "yes", well you're either lucky, or a friggin liar. You pick lol...

So, you'll miss your spouse in the mornings on dayshift.

When you get home (provided you didn't get stuck on an overtime arrest near the end of you shift) you may have a couple of hours to cook, eat, put the kids to sleep, and spend time together with your spouse before you'll have to get to bed.

If your spouse works, he/she will be tired too. Will you really be able to spend quality time together?

Now during the "break" period between dayshift and graveyards, you have 24 hours to "prepare" your body.

During the graveyards, you'll be leaving your home to get to work at the same time your spouse will be coming home from work.

You probably won't see him/her.

When you finish your shift, you'll be dead tired. When you get home, you'll fall straight asleep before you spouse is awake.

So, bottom line, during the 4 days you work, you won't spend much time with your family. And remember...these work days will also cycle around to falling onto the weekends and holidays. Yes, even Christmas!


Your spouse and family must understand this and must be willing to accept Police schedule this as part of your new career.

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