For those officers on an 8-hour pattern, the working day starts at 0600 and ends at 0600 the following day.

For those on a variable shift agreement (VSA), the working day starts at the time in your respective agreements.

Rest days start at the end of the working day and not at the end of a tour of duty. You therefore need to know when you can start to accrue overtime at a rate of time and a half.

Also, you need to know at what time your rest day ends and a working day starts for overtime purposes. See ‘Advance of Hours’ below.

There are a number of ways in which to work overtime:

  • Normal overtime

You can claim overtime if you work on at the end of a tour of duty. However, if you’re told of the need to work overtime after the start of the shift, the first ½ hour on the first 4 occasions in any one week should be deducted. Overtime such as this is recorded at time and a third.

If you’re told no later than the start of the shift of the requirement to work overtime that day, ie pre-planned overtime, you do not need to deduct the first ½ hour.

  • Recall to duty

You can claim overtime as a result of a recall to duty. A recall is best described as an island of duty between 2 tours of duty. It is not a recall if your rostered tour of duty has been brought forward (see Advance of Hours below). Therefore, if you work 0700 to 1600 for instance, go home and are then required to return to work at 2100 before returning home at 2300, that is a recall to duty and you can claim the hours you work at time and a third. You can claim travelling time from your home to place of work for a recall to duty as long as the period of duty together with the travelling time does not exceed 6 hours.

If you’re recalled to duty but that period of duty then rolls into your normal tour of duty, it is not a recall but would constitute your tour of duty for that day, plus any normal overtime worked (subject to the Advance of Hours below).