Fatigue and burnout are pervasive problems affecting performance, attendance, health, and safety. To provide the highest quality of service while maintaining safe working conditions for responders, public safety leaders must take steps to better manage sleep deprivation and fatigue through effective policies and scheduling practices.
Managing a public safety workforce is a balancing act of manpower, minimum staffing requirements, constant staffing, labor agreements, and risk management. 24/7/365 shift work in public safety has always been a challenge. As the demands of public safety work increase and evolve, rules-based automated scheduling solutions can help leaders promote responder health and optimal work schedules and create a safe environment for both citizens and workers.
This report includes startling statistics from several recent studies on fatigue and a short case study of how the Las Vegas Detention and Enforcement Center is using automated scheduling technology to increase safety.