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Fatigue Management Strategy, F Division Coalition

Royal CN Police – $73,570
6/1/16 – 3/31/17

To address the critical problem of fatigue in policing, we are implementing a comprehensive fatigue risk management plan within the F Division of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Our goal is to improve member health, wellness and safety by improving their sleep. To achieve this goal, our core objectives are to customize a fatigue risk-management strategy based on the specific needs of the RCMP, train RCMP trainers to deliver this training to their members, and assess the impact of this strategy.

Abstract

The purpose of this proof of concept study is to act on the established need for a comprehensive fatigue management strategy using an established program (the CPS Fatigue Management Course). This study will monitor the implementation process and dissemination of the program through the “F” Division of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and objectively assess the impact of the program on the members and the organization. Information acquired from this project will be used to develop a specific Fatigue Management Strategy for the “F” Division RCMP. It is critical to appreciate the difference between the nature of urban municipal policing and the responsibilities, duties and workload/scheduling factors in RCMP detachments throughout rural, urban and remote Canadian locations. This proof of concept project provides a baseline upon which to determine the full scope of the project and what the needs of the RCMP ultimately are, with respect to addressing the consequences of fatigue, and developing effective practical solutions for the organization.

Primary Investigator

Lois James

Lois James, PhD

Co-Investigator

Bryan Vila, PhD