Jan 8, 2009

Police force goes back to 8-hour shifts

The Elmira, New York (USA) police department tried 12-hour shifts in 2008 but has decided to return it's an 8-hour shift schedule.  This bucks a trend towards 12-hour shifts.  But, unique circumstances may have doomed the 12-hour shift schedule.  Soon after the switch, the department was hit by unexpected reductions in staffing due to retirements and injuries.  The result was greater buden on management.  We at the National Shiftwork Information Center don't see this as the beginning of trend away from 12-hour shifts.

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