Officer fatigue & citizen complaints

New analysis of over 15,000 shifts worked by 144 officers shows a pattern of more citizen complaints when officers are more tired, as summarized here and here. The combination of working consecutive night shifts interspersed with daytime court appearances seems most problematic and corresponds with previous fatigue studies. Some recommendations are offered, and the author mentions that “a highly regarded online educational program from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health that helps nurses better manage shift work is currently being adapted for police.”

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