What is the work schedule of a Police Officer?

Hays Police Officers work 12-hour shifts. Each shift begins & ends at 6:30. Officers change from day shift (0630 – 1830) to night shift (1830 – 0630) every four months. The 12-hour work schedule allows officers to have half of the year off. A typical schedule follows a two-week schedule. A sample schedule* is below:

Police Officer Schedule

*Note that Police Officer schedules also include overtime, court appearances, & off duty meetings. Changes to cover staff shortages & departmental needs may change your schedule as well.


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1. What is the work schedule of a Police Officer?
2. What can I expect my first year on the job as a Police Officer?
3. As a Police Officer applicant, can I do a ride along with the Hays Police Department?
4. Will my out of state Law Enforcement Certification transfer to Kansas?
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