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2014-01-21 at 11:15

Police chief says so far, so good for new 12-hour shift schedule

Thunder Bay Police Service chief J.P. Levesque is pleased with the early results from the department
Matt Vis,
Thunder Bay Police Service chief J.P. Levesque is pleased with the early results from the department's change to 12-hour shifts.
By Matt Vis,

It’s so far, so good for the city police force’s change to longer shifts.

Moving to the 12-hour schedule instead of the former 10-hour shifts appears to have led to increased efficiency, concludes Thunder Bay Police Service chief J.P. Levesque.

“There seems to be more time to do patrols and supervisors are telling me there is more time to supervise,” Levesque said after Tuesday’s police services board meeting.

The change has thus far successfully addressed the previous issue of leftover calls from the day shift having to be taken by the night shift. Eliminating that influx of calls has freed up time for the night shift officers.

More officers were also scheduled during the night shift under the 10-hour schedule due to a higher call volume, but the 12-hour system has allowed personnel to be more evenly distributed.

The adjustment remains a work-in-progress as administration has had frequent meetings with the police association to address potential tweaks to the system and find improvements.

While the officers are still working to acclimatize to the two days and two nights with one day off in between rotation, issues have been minimal. Most have centred around vacation and time-off scheduling.

“We knew heading in that it was a big change in how we were doing business and there would be some growing pains, and there were,” he said. “Other than that it’s been relatively smooth.”

Even though it is only a couple of weeks in the force is already seeing a reduction in overtime hours, a trend that Levesque hopes will continue throughout the year.
However, it will be a few months away before any sizeable impact can be discerned.

“We need to look at the summer months when we historically are much busier than this time of year. That will really tell the tale once we get into spring,” Levesque said.

There are 108 uniformed patrol, 32 communications centre and 16 records section workers that have adopted the 12-hour shifts.

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anotarba says:
To the men who serve and protect us I can only say Thank you. I know that you guys have to put up with a lot of crap and even though alot of people just sit and complain about you guys, I just want to say thank you for making our streets safer...and no I'm not a police offices but fully respect what they do for the community.
1/24/2014 6:56:12 PM
Baor says:
The cops decided for themselves in cooperation with the chief to go to this shift. Why is everyone weighing in on this? They can decide for themselves if they like it or not and can do it or not. Two days 24hrs off and two night shifts seems pretty good to me. Plus , the city gets more even coverage and maybe some savings. Why should the readers here feel they should have a say? We don't try to tell any other city services when to work and for how long...but the police always seem to be fair game....for some.
1/22/2014 9:03:24 PM
Curious says:
I believe if they are staying with 12 hour shifts, then they should only have to work 3 days and then 3 off or something similar. Firemen work long shifts, do very little and get the same if not higher wages. The police have to physically wrestle/fight with drunks, druggies all the time wearing extremely heavy vests etc. They don't have it easy by no means. And if they have a day they don't have to deal with a whole lot of garbage then that is a day they deserve. They should be able to have a coffee break without being harassed.
1/22/2014 6:55:05 PM
spoiled says:
I personally do not think that four twelve hour shifts in a row is very safe for these officers . I work twelve hour shifts . I do not do any more than two or three at the most, and I can barely drive home let alone drive all day like these people do. Personally I think it is very unsafe. I love my twelve hour rotation , but I think in their field of work this might cause a unsafe environment for them. I would suggest they look at twelves with no more than two or three shifts in a row , and not switch shifts from days to nights so fast, My only concern is there safety. I would look at the nurses schedules , as that might benefit them. Just a suggestion!
1/22/2014 9:36:27 AM
musicferret says:
A few 12 hours in a row and you're worried about them? lol

Resident Dr's sometimes work 20 days in a row with shifts from 10-24 hours each. lol

a few 12 hour shifts is tiring (done it) , yes, but not that bad at all.
1/22/2014 4:33:07 PM
Mastermind says:
Hey razor dweeb. They actually changed the name back to "force" last year
1/21/2014 10:07:16 PM
minstrel says:
ya okay buddy, i dare you to go up to one say that to their face.
1/21/2014 8:28:11 PM
razor_burn says:
It's called a "service" not a "force". Get with it. They're job is to serve us.
1/21/2014 7:32:14 PM
Baor says:
Their job is to en-"force" the law. Lighten-up.
1/21/2014 9:28:56 PM
Formula One says:
"THEY'RE job is to serve us"????? Nice one Razor. At least cops can spell.
1/22/2014 12:17:58 PM
Decide says:
Yes it is called a service, and ever since the police were forced to take on that ridiculous word, along with the ever growing restraints and restrictions placed upon them, coupled with police now being babysitters, their ability to do the job is almost gone. Would you like our military to be called a service as well? Probably judging by your comment. Our military would just LOVE that. I have no doubt you were literally punching your keys as you typed "get over it".
30 years ago police could do their job. When skulls needed cracking, they got cracked, and that person didn't cause any more problems. I know that because I grew up during that time. Today? The police are pretty much roaming security guards with people like you just hoping to catch then doing something wrong. Powerless police is what you want, and it's what you now have. Along with high crime and repeat offenders....all three go hand in hand. Enjoy it!!
1/22/2014 5:52:31 PM
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