3 Types of 10-Hour Shift Schedules to Cover Round the Clock

Thinking about switching to a 10 hour shift schedule for 24/7 patrol coverage? Lets explore three different options.

October 31, 2022

Thinking about switching to a 10 hour shift schedule for 24/7 coverage? Or maybe you're just curious how other departments schedule with 10 hour shifts. 

This article will cover 3 specific examples we have seen multiple police departments or law enforcement agencies use. 

There is not only one way to handle any rotation. Depending on a few different variables, like the size of your department, you will need to adjust each example.

The 3 rotations covered in this article are:

  1. [4 on 3 off]
  2. [5 on 3 off] x3 [5 on 4 off] [4 on 4 off] x2
  3. [4 on 4 off]

[4 on 3 off]

The [4 on 3 off] templates only run 1 week. You will need 3 shifts or squads to cover 24x7.

What is a template?

From our study, departments sized anywhere from 15 people to 150 people used this rotation. Here is what this 10-hour shift schedule template will look like:

[4 on 3 off] Template 1

[4 on 3 off] Template 2

[4 on 3 off] Template 3

[4 on 3 off] Template 4

[4 on 3 off] Template 5

[4 on 3 off] Template 6

[4 on 3 off] Template 7

You do not have to use all these templates. You can use a few of them. However, you will need to create 2 more squads; one for night shift and one for swing shift.

[5 on 3 off] x3 [5 on 4 off] [4 on 4 off] x2

This rotation is a little more complex but can easily be duplicated by following the templates below. The rotation will require 7, 7-week templates with 3 squads to cover round the clock.

Below we only show templates 1-4 because they're so big but you can download the PDF for full template examples. Check it out:

10hr - 7 wk - Temp 1

10hr - 7 wk - Temp 2

10hr - 7 wk - Temp 3

10hr - 7 wk - Temp 4

 Create 2 more squads to cover night shift and swing shift for 24x7 coverage.

[4 on 4 off]

The [4 on 4 off] rotation commonly lasts 8 weeks as shown below. It can have 10 hour shifts or 10.5 hour shifts.

It will total approximately 35 hours a week with just 10 hour shifts. For this rotation, 2 templates are required with 3 different squads. See the first squad 10-hour shift schedule templates below:

4 on 4 off 10 hr

4 on 4 off 10 hr. Temp 2.1

Copy these 2 templates for the other 2 squads to cover swing shift and night shift.

If you're having trouble managing these schedules or finding that it is taking up too much time, check out scheduling software options! A lot of companies will set it up for you for free and you will just have to keep up with day to day things like time off and overtime approvals.

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