Another arrangement is the twelve-and-twenty-four shifts. See Figure 1-8.
Figure 1-8. Twelve and Twenty-Four Shift.
In this case, three shifts work 12 hours-on and 24 hours-off. This shift allows for an equitable rotation
of working hours; however, the 12-hour shift does increase fatigue.
Occasionally, it is necessary to increase the number of patrols for special events, operations, or
selective enforcement. If the on-duty squad cannot meet the added commitments, it must be
o On-duty hours for regularly scheduled shifts can be increased so they will overlap. This can
double the number of patrols during the troublesome periods.
o An extra shift can be formed to overlap two regular shifts. This shift can be whatever size the
provost marshal feels is necessary.
h. Other Patrol Considerations At the beginning of this lesson we listed the equipment that might
be available at your installation. In addition, you need back up weapons available at the MP desk.
Your communications need to be multichannel and should interface with CID, local, and state police.
In this part you have been introduced to patrol distribution planning. You know that the objective of
patrol distribution is the dispensing of patrols when and where they are needed.