Stay Safe – Maximum Hours of Work

One of the most common themes members shared in the recent NPF Safety and Resources survey was unsafe and unacceptably long working hours. We heard about members experiencing no back-up and no downtime, with extended shifts followed immediately by on-call periods. This is unsustainable for your physical and mental health, your relationships with friends and family — and it’s not safe for you or your community.

Police work is stressful and can require life or death decisions at a moment’s notice. Members of the RCMP need proper rest to face both the physical and emotional challenges of police work.  We also watch out for each other, so NPF is taking this opportunity to remind you that the National Compensation Manual states:

2. Maximum Hours of Work

2. 1. A member will not be authorized to work more than 16 hours consecutively, e.g. scheduled and/or O/T, or more than 72 hours in a 6-consecutive-day period.

2. 2. A member who has reached the 72 hours of work maximum outlined in sec 2.1., or the 80 hours maximum outlined in sec. 2.4., or who surpasses the 80 hours maximum in sec. 2.5., and who is scheduled to be on duty within the next 24-hour period, will not be permitted to report to duty during this period.

As we prepare for certification and eventual collective bargaining, we encourage members who are subjected to violations of the Manual, to complete a Form 3414, send a copy to and send it through the chain of command.We will track these forms, and will continue to keep you posted on our certification progress.

In the meantime, please continue to share the results of our survey and here are three other things you can do to help.

We’ll continue to update you on our certification progress. In the meantime, here are three other things you can do to help.
  1. Join the NPF.  Click here.
  2. Share this information with your colleagues.
  3. Stay informed by downloading our app on iTunes or Google Play. (You don’t need to join or share your personal email to use our app.)


[1] Online survey, conducted Oct 17 to 26, 3,399 responses, Confidence level of 95%, margin of error +/-2%.

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