Is your agency still managing this process using pen and paper, cumbersome calendars, or spreadsheets that need to be updated constantly?
Coordinating off-duty jobs can be so complex, it can seem more like project management than policing. Oftentimes, agencies turn to a scheduling tool that’s specific to off duty to add structure, efficiency and organization to the whole process. Moving to a tool with features like setting recurring jobs or officers, creating groups of officers and that is completely customizable makes setting up the schedule easy, flexible and easy to update if when changes occur.
What Do You Need in an Off Duty Scheduling tool?
Every agency is different and will have different specifics when it comes to scheduling needs. Here are a few of the big-picture features to look for in off-duty software:
The link between off-duty coordination and project management
A highly effective off-duty program creates a seamless process for both the coordinator and the vendor. As a coordinator, the task can benefit from project management best practices, like clear communication with both vendors and officers as well as managing expectations and being transparent with the vendor.