I understand our local police force operates under a weekly shift rotation basis. This makes sense so no one group of officers is stuck permanently in one shift or another. I’m not an officer, but I have experience traveling numerous times overseas to time zones from six to 12 hours different from ours. One’s body and mind can adjust about one hour/day, so changing one’s sleep cycle by eight hours every seven days forces one to undergo an eight hour change just as one is getting used to one’s shift.
Officers have to deal with this “Jet Lag” on a weekly basis. This should change if we expect our officers to be constantly alert and to mitigate the ill effects on their health caused by regular interruptions of the normal sleep/awake cycle.
Shift rotations should be at much longer intervals, and preferably to the later, rather than the earlier.
JOHN R. MICKOWSKI