that the MP unit is required to support. It also considered those requirements that the PM has for other

than patrol personnel. This might include personnel detailed to support the PMO, or special guard

posts or other unique missions.

By multiplying the number of individuals available (35) by the number of hours in a normal work week

(40), the number of work hours available per week (1,400) can be determined. For purposes of

illustration, days off, holidays, etc., have not been considered. Each of the available MP are to work an

eight hour day for a five-day week. Under normal circumstances, time for leave, illness, etc. would

have to be included here, if it had not already been considered in determining the number of MP

available. The same is also true of any special requirements of the PM and commander that are

unique to the installation.

Again, for purposes of simplicity, traditional shifts of 0001-0800, 0800-1600, and 1600-2400, have been

used. Local considerations may dictate different shifts. An examination of the distribution of complaints

may indicate how shifts might be more effectively established for the installation. For example, shift

changes should be avoided during periods of increased demand for police services. If the installation

has a major rush hour that begins at 1600, you may want to consider changing shifts at 1500.

Determine the percentages of complaints by day from a table similar to that in Figure 5. Note them at

the bottom of the appropriate columns as has been done in Figure 6. Figure 6 is a sample of a

projected patrol distribution. Enter the total number of MP available and the work hours to which that

equates (35 and 1,400).

Determine the shift design to be used. As noted, we will use the traditional one for simplicity. Enter the

shift hours in the proper columns. Using Figure 5, determine the percentage of complaints occurring

during each shift. These would be entered in the proper column in Figure 6.

Disperse the total number of work hours of patrol service available by multiplying work hours available

by the percentage of complaints received per shift. The results have been entered in the column

showing average work hours (1,400 multiplied by 20.4%, equals 286 work hours). The work hours

should be rounded to whole work-hour weeks; in this case 280 work hours. Divide this figure (280) by

the 40-hour work week of each MP. The result is the number of MP required for the 0001-0800 shift

per week. In this example it is 7. Repeat the procedure for the other two shifts.

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