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Unique scheduling needed for police assigned to protect schools [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jul 27, 2018 10:58:14 AM

In the wake of tragedies such as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, communities and police departments often review school resource officer programs. The organizational policies behind these strategies are sometimes complicated. For instance, state government agencies are often involved in planning and funding the deployments alongside local police departments.

Some have proposed that school officers should not be current police personnel at all, but a separate pool of law enforcement personnel, potentially individuals who have already retired from active duty. Whatever the results of these discussions, there will be special scheduling needs.

When dealing with the unique scheduling demands of putting officers into local schools, police administrators can benefit from using workforce management software that includes extra-duty assignments. With this type of web-based software, agencies can post, schedule, fill and track employment for off-duty or retired officers.

Using rules-based automation, only officers qualified to fill each post are considered. Each assignment is fairly allocated. And the equipment needed daily is tracked. This makes it much easier to coordinate all schedules and manage policies that account for fatigue rules and minimum staffing levels.

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Topics: Scheduling, Police