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What Variable Shift Agreements (VSA's) has the force and Federation agreed to?
What if your manager wants to work a pattern that hasn't been signed by the force and the Federation?
What are you entitled to under the various agreements?

Do VSA's apply to all ranks?
How is annual leave and acting up calculated?


What Variable Shift Agreements (VSA's) has the force and Federation agreed to?

The standard pattern worked under Police Regulations is an 8-hour pattern. We have only signed 3 variable shift agreements, i.e. the 12-hour agreement, the 10-hour NPT agreement and the 2x2x2 agreement.

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What if your manager wants to work a pattern that hasn't been signed by the force and the Federation?

In that case, the pattern would be ultra vires meaning that it would fall outside Police Regulations and be potentially challengeable in a court.

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What are you entitled to under the various agreements?

Generally Police Regulations apply and, if any anomalies are not shown below, you should consult Police Regulations as the default agreement.

12-Hour Agreement

The 12-hour agreement was the first to be signed in the current era. You can view the agreement by clicking here.

On this agreement, officers have to individually sign up to the agreement. If you do not agree to work the pattern, the force would have to require you instead to work an 8-hour pattern.

Shifts are 12 hours in duration and take the form of 2 x day turns followed by 2 x night turns followed by 4 days off. This is a recurring 56 day rota.

The working day is from 0700 to 0700.

Shifts can be staggered by up to 3 hours after 0700 and prior to 1900.

Officers are entitled to 16 hours off in addition to their rostered rest days per 56 day roster in order to balance the hours that will be worked over the 12 month period.

Cancelled rest days - rest days cancelled with more than 15 days' notice will be 12 hours in duration so duties offices should reallocate such days in accordance with Police Regulations, i.e. the date of the re-rostered rest day should be given to the officer within 4 days of the initial cancellation. If the policing of an event lasts less than 12 hours, you should either return to your station for further deployment or, by mutual agreement with your supervisor, take time off your card. If the duty lasts longer than 12 hours, you can then claim overtime at time a third.

Public Holidays - there are a few different scenarios for public holidays:

  • If you work a public holiday, you should be rostered for your normal tour of duty, i.e. 12 hours.
  • If you are rostered on a rest day on a public holiday, you should take the day off and place 8 hours on your overtime card. This is non-payable.
  • If you are rostered to work but are told not to report for duty (normally because of financial considerations), you should take the day off and take 4 hours off your overtime card.

PSU duty - the 3 hour stagger rule does not apply to PSU duty due to the health and safety of our members who may be reliant on a PSU to assist.

Working into the first rest day - If you work directly from a tour of duty into your first rest day, you are entitled to time and a half for the number of competed 15 minute periods up to the first 2 hours and, thereafter, a minimum of 4 hours at time and a half. You cannot claim travelling time in these circumstances.

Attending a force training day - If the training is not due to be delivered during your normal tour of duty, you will revert to an 8 hour pattern. OST etc can normally be delivered during a normal tour of duty and you should then use the time before and after the training in a meaningful way.

Meal break entitlement is 70 minutes.

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10 Hour NPT Agreement

The 10-hour agreement can be viewed by clicking here.

On this agreement, officers do not have to individually sign up to the agreement and there is no individual opt-out available. This was because the Police Regulations require the agreement to be made between the chief officer and the staff association, not the individual.

Shifts are generally 10 hours in duration and take various forms depending on which of the 5 or so patterns your sector is working. This is a recurring 56 day rota.

The working day is from 0700 to 0700.

Tours of duty can start at any time during the working day but rostered shifts can only be staggered by up to 3 hours.

Cancelled rest days - rest days cancelled with more than 15 days' notice will be 10 hours in duration so duties offices should reallocate such days in accordance with Police Regulations, i.e. the date of the re-rostered rest day should be given to the officer within 4 days of the initial cancellation. If the policing of an event lasts less than 10 hours, you should either return to your station for further deployment or, by mutual agreement with your supervisor, take time off your card. If the duty lasts longer than 10 hours, you can then claim overtime at time a third.

Public Holidays - there are a few different scenarios for public holidays:

  • If you work a public holiday, you should be rostered for your normal tour of duty, i.e. 10 hours.
  • If you are rostered on a rest day on a public holiday, you should take the day off and place 8 hours on your overtime card. This is non-payable.
  • If you are rostered to work but are told not to report for duty (normally because of financial considerations), you should take the day off and take 2 hours off your overtime card.

PSU duty - the 3 hour stagger rule does not apply to PSU duty due to the health and safety of our members who may be reliant on a PSU to assist.

Working into the first rest day - If you work directly from a tour of duty into your first rest day, you are entitled to time and a half for the number of competed 15 minute periods up to the first 2 hours and, thereafter, a minimum of 4 hours at time and a half. You cannot claim travelling time in these circumstances.

Attending a force training day - If the training is not due to be delivered during your normal tour of duty, you will revert to an 8 hour pattern. OST etc can normally be delivered during a normal tour of duty and you should then use the time before and after the training in a meaningful way.

Meal break entitlement is 60 minutes.

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2x2x2 Staffordshire Agreement

The 2x2x2 agreement can be viewed by clicking here.

On this agreement, officers do not have to individually sign up to the agreement and there is no individual opt-out available. This was because the Police Regulations require the agreement to be made between the chief officer and the staff association, not the individual.

Shifts are generally 9 hours in duration but the below indicates when this changes:

  • Friday and Saturday day turns - 10 hours
  • Friday and Saturday afternoon turns (supernoons) - 11 hours
  • Training/Pro-active days - 10 hours

Working days follow a general pattern of 2 x day turns, 2x2 afternoon turns, 2x2 night turns followed 4 days off. This is a recurring 20-week rota.

The working day is from 0700 to 0700.

Standard start times for these tours of duty are 0700hrs for day shifts, 1500hrs for late shifts (except Friday and Saturday when the start time is 1600hrs) and 2200hrs for night shifts. These start times may be staggered by local arrangement up to 3 hours after 0700 hrs, 3 hours before or after 1500hrs and 3 hours before 2200hrs.

Cancelled rest days - rest days cancelled with more than 15 days' notice will be 9 hours in duration so duties offices should reallocate such days in accordance with Police Regulations, i.e. the date of the re-rostered rest day should be given to the officer within 4 days of the initial cancellation. If the policing of an event lasts less than 9 hours, you should either return to your station for further deployment or, by mutual agreement with your supervisor, take time off your card. If the duty lasts longer than 9 hours, you can then claim overtime at time a third.

Public Holidays - there are a few different scenarios for public holidays:

  • If you work a public holiday, you should be rostered for your normal tour of duty, i.e. 9, 10 or 11hours.
  • If you are rostered on a rest day on a public holiday, you should take the day off and re-roster the rest day.
  • If you are rostered to work but are told not to report for duty (normally because of financial considerations), you should take the day off and not deduct any time from your overtime card.

PSU duty - the 3 hour stagger rule does not apply to PSU duty due to the health and safety of our members who may be reliant on a PSU to assist.

Working into the first rest day - If you work directly from a tour of duty into your first rest day, you are entitled to time and a half for the number of competed 15 minute periods up to the first 1 hour and, thereafter, a minimum of 4 hours at time and a half. You cannot claim travelling time in these circumstances.

Attending a force training day - If the training is not due to be delivered during your normal tour of duty, you will revert to a 9 hour pattern. This does not refer to the shift training/pro-active days but to other forms of force training (driving courses etc).

Meal break entitlement is 60 minutes.

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Do VSA's apply to all ranks?

No. The agreement applies to constables and sergeants but Inspectors and above are not subject to a VSA. Those officers can insist on Police Regulations being applied.

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How is annual leave and acting up calculated?

You should convert both annual leave and acting up into hours for the purposes of each of the VSA's.

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