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Shift Pattern

Post by Bearguy » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:58 pm

Ok, I know there won’t be a particular shift pattern of a prison officer, but can anyone give us soon to be officers, an example of what shifts may come our way ?

It’s based on 37 hour week, and I understand that it’s a 24/7 job.

Do you work consecutive days before having rest days ?

Can you volunteer for certain shifts or is it get what you are given ?

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Re: Shift Pattern

Post by JCOX4 » Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:12 am

Great question and one I have also wondered.

Another question for any current officers, can you book leave anytime of the year or are there certain times of year that are a no go?
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Re: Shift Pattern

Post by Vinceybaby » Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:35 pm

I saw one on the other forum, not too long ago, a whole months recent rota but keep getting the godaddy page popping up surprised they haven’t fixed it. From what I remember it was a complete mix of early’s 7.30am - 12pm, miss 7.30am -5.30pm and lates 7.30am - 9.30pm some weeks 5 or six days straight then 4 days off, pretty sporadic.

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Re: Shift Pattern

Post by falkor » Sat Feb 15, 2020 3:58 pm

was it something like this? :slhe:

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Re: Shift Pattern

Post by Vinceybaby » Sat Feb 15, 2020 5:42 pm

:slcup: it was Falkor!

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Re: Shift Pattern

Post by Bearguy » Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:48 am

That’s very handy to know ! Any officers care to elaborate on this ?

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Re: Shift Pattern

Post by memphis » Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:08 am

Pretty much what's already been said. You can be on a pattern of any number of weeks, each house block / work area will have it's own shift pattern and it's common for them to be up to 20 weeks long (meaning it will only repeat itself every 20 weeks). There will be a mix of early shifts which will be night shift relief until dinner time, main shifts which are your core hours, late shifts which are dinner time until nights come in and then everybody's favourite 'A' shifts where 'A' stands for all day so it is normally a main shift and a late shift combined. You'll also have a week of night shifts slotted into there somewhere too.
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Re: Shift Pattern

Post by memphis » Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:15 am

Oh and rest days every other weekend and also the odd mid week rest day for good measure. You would not normally work more than 8 days in a row before having a rest day.

The shifts on your shift pattern are set in stone so you must work these but people sometimes offer to work extra shifts for overtime, sometimes before or after their normal shift and sometimes on rest days.
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Re: Shift Pattern

Post by JCOX4 » Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:21 am

Found this last night with regards to working hours
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Re: Shift Pattern

Post by Bearguy » Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:21 am

Great information to go off that like !

Like that big run of nights followed by those rest days !

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Re: Shift Pattern

Post by gaboo » Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:34 pm

Bearguy wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:21 am
Like that big run of nights followed by those rest days !
Yeh you tend to do 2 weeks worth of hours in the week on nights, generally 7 x 11 hour shifts, which then equated to the following week off. Plus the weekend leading into nights youll generally be off too.

I will try to find one of my old rotas if i can and put that on to show a longer period if anyone wants this?
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Re: Shift Pattern

Post by Paddy » Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:46 pm

That would be great, thanks 😀
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Re: Shift Pattern

Post by gaboo » Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:15 pm

I dont know how to make the image smaller im afraid, but this is a snippet from my rotas from last year.

Seems i was in a lucky position where i worked a lot of areas. Mainly Res but also detailed some Cell Searches, Gate IC, AOO. All good fun.

any questions on the rotas ill be glad to (try to) help

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Re: Shift Pattern

Post by Bearguy » Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:27 pm

gaboo wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:34 pm
Bearguy wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:21 am
Like that big run of nights followed by those rest days !
Yeh you tend to do 2 weeks worth of hours in the week on nights, generally 7 x 11 hour shifts, which then equated to the following week off. Plus the weekend leading into nights youll generally be off too.
Tough old slog that like but surely got to be worth it ?

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Re: Shift Pattern

Post by gaboo » Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:49 pm

oh absolutely worth it.

from my experience theres 2 ways a night shift can go:-
1) very (and i hate to use this word) quiet and uneventful. normal routine jobs until midnight then basically there to respond / assist if and when needed - these are the best ones and thankfully the more common
2) an absolute nightmare!!!!! constant issues across the prison, attending various incidents. nobody likes these ones

my last set i did was nice and smooth the first couple of nights, then midweek until the sunday all hell broke loose. was constant incidents and one point i believe we had 2 codes simultaneously, one of which was in seg. Now normally this would easily be manageable, but on nights, not so easy as its a skeleton crew that are working.

the rest week is definitely needed but in all honesty, i loved the night shifts. However wierd it can be walking around a prison and on the landings when its pitch black
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