This section covers everything to do with rest days, including what happens if they are cancelled, moved, reallocated, or reinstated. Unless otherwise stated, all legal references are to the Police Regulations 2003 Amended.
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Regs state that you must be notified of the "requirement to do a duty". That does not include the requirement to tell you the start and expected finish times. Good practice would be that duties do this as a matter of course but there may be occassions where that is not possibel e.g. the Royal Wedding. The important question to be asked is did you "receive" the notification. You should be activley told and normal practice is by way of the Change of Duty Notification CODN). Simply changing your roster on DMS would not be sufficient.
Policy is quite clear - No officer will work a rest day or rest day in lieu voluntarily without the prior approval of the RMU The RMU will decide whether to approve the officer working based on operational need (in consultation with the relevant commander/department head as necessary), the resources available and Working Time Regulations. Approval will be notified by e-mail. Any rest day or rest day in lieu worked voluntarily without prior approval will not be re-allocated.
When you use the SSTO system to book annual leave you may be offered to "protect" your Rest Days. The status of rest days are determined in Regulations and are not altered by them being "protected". By "protecting" your RD however indicates that you are less likely to be recalled to duty by the Force than someone who has not "protected" the same RD.
If the notification is received with less than 15 days clear notice that you have to work on a rostered rest day, you will receive overtime at the rate of time and a half. Thus, if you work for eight hours, you will be paid for twelve. If you want to take time off instead of being paid, you can take twelve hours off. Remember the choice of payment or time off is yours.