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10 Hour Shift Schedule Example to Evaluate Before Your Next Shift Bid

Looking for a better way to schedule your 50-75 person police department? Maybe this is the article for you.

Maybe it's not.

But throughout our blog, we have many different 8, 10, and 12 hour shift schedule examples. 

So if you don't think this one will work for you, check out some others here!


The example in this post uses 10 hour shift schedules designed for law enforcement professionals.

We have seen it used in 25-75 person departments. 

Each department used the [5 on 3 off] x3 [5 on 4 off] [4 on 4 off] x2 rotation in a different way.

Below you will see the example templates. One department used template 1-4, one used 5 & 7, and one used all 7.

So, feel free to mix and match to create a schedule that is best for your department.


[5 on 3 off] x3 [5 on 4 off] [4 on 4 off] x2

This rotation uses 10 hour shifts and 7 templates.

If you are not sure what a template really means, no worries: Click here to learn about templates.

Each template will run 7 weeks long.

Since we are working with 10 hour shift schedules, you will need 3 squads:

  • Day shift
  • Swing shift
  • Night shift


See below what the first 7 templates would look like for Day Squad:

10hr - 7 wk - Temp 1

 10hr - 7 wk - Temp 2

10hr - 7 wk - Temp 3

10hr - 7 wk - Temp 4

10hr - 7 wk - Temp 5

10hr - 7 wk - Temp 6

10hr - 7 wk - Temp 7

The templates above will complete the first squad but to complete your patrol schedule you will need to create 2 more squads to cover round the clock.

Modification of these templates can definitely be made.

As stated before, you can use all of the templates or just a few of them (as long as they cover every day).

Want more 10 hour examples? View them here!


This schedule, like any other, has some positives and negative traits. 


  • At least 3 days off each week
  • Consistent day/swing/night shift
  • Will have some weekends off


  • 5 days on duty in a row (10 hour days)
  • More weekends working than off
  • Long days, especially if there are OT opportunities

Can you think of any others? Comment below!


PlanIt Scheduling Software can handle this schedule along with all other 24x7 schedules. Learn about the features and pricing at www.planitpolice.com. Handle your regular schedules plus any time off, overtime, court appearances, and more. 



Want more examples of schedules that 75 person departments use? View, print, and share the examples in the PDF today!

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PlanIt Police is an online scheduling system for police departments. PlanIt is developed by Ragnasoft, Inc which has specialized in public safety scheduling solutions for over 10 years.

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