Date of Award

5-2014

Document Type

Capstone-Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Program Name

Criminal Justice

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Kerry L. Muehlenbeck

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to test the hypothesis that a four day 40 hour compressed work week schedule can help police officers balance out the equilibrium between their work, family, and social lives. To test this, a comparative analysis of the schedules for the United States Secret Service Emergency Response Team (USSS ERT) was used. The USSS ERT currently uses a traditional five day 40 hour work week schedule. The actual traditional schedule for the week of November 17, 2013 through November 23, 2013 was compared to a mock four day 40 hour compressed work week schedule for the same week. It was found that the four day 40 hour compressed work week schedule does not help the officers of the USSS ERT balance their work, family, and social lives. The mock compressed work week schedule not only significantly increased the amount of overtime in the week, it also significantly reduced the amount of days off officers were able to take. Reasons why this occurred and further research that is needed are explored as research shows that a compressed work week schedule has resulted in less overtime and more time off.

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