ASLET Annual Training Conference
Surviving the Nightshift: What Instructors Should Know
Focus Area –
Instructor Development-Officer Survival. Seminar Format.
Session Summary –
This presentation will elucidate a myriad of issues that impinge
upon officer survival, with specific focus on those issues
associated with working shift work. Salient occupational safety and
health issues will be addressed within that context.
Learning Objectives –
Upon completion of this session, each participant will be able to:
Identify how and why police are mistakenly shooting unarmed subjects.
Identify why nights-sights have failed to enhance hit ratios under low
Identify the range of visual impairment encountered under various low
Identify equipment-related issues that will best enhance occupational
safety at night.
Identify daily troughs in the circadian rhythm cycle.
Identify the likely physical performance impairments associated with
Identify likely psychological impairments associated with sleep deficit.
Identify the benefits of a properly structured napping policy.
Identify the proper usage parameters of caffeine as a fatigue
Identify those shift rotation concepts and strategies that are most
beneficial and detrimental to law enforcement officers.
This presentation will involve a team-partnered approach in a
“discussion” format that will afford student interaction with
Two (2) 105-minute sessions (same course taught twice)
Participant Items to Bring –
Students should bring their own note-taking materials.
Instructing Experience –
Aveni was a staff instructor for S&W Academy for 11 years (1990-2001).
During that tenure, he trained over 12,000 law enforcement officers. Tom
has also instructed at numerous annual training venues (ASLET, IALEFI,
ILEETA, SPI, etc.) since 1990. His previous ASLET presentation was given
in 2002, at the Ontario (CA) conference. Tom currently works for the
Police Policy Studies Council, an interdisciplinary, research-based
training and consultation firm.
Mark Rosekind has been a sleep researcher for NASA over a period
spanning over twenty years. During that time, Dr. Rosekind has also
instructed thousands of civilian and military aviators in “fatigue
countermeasures.” Dr. Rosekind continues to work for NASA, on a contract
basis, under the auspices of his company, Alertness Solutions.
2006 ASLET Annual Conference
“Surviving the Nightshift”
Introduction (Tom Aveni)
of issues to be discussed
Occupational Safety (Tom Aveni)
Nocturnal nature of high-risk assignments and calls for service
Officers Killed & Assaulted under low light conditions.
frequency & severity of judgmental errors due to ambiguous environmental
failure of traditional training to properly prepare officers for working
Occupational Health (Dr. Rosekind)
shift-work disrupts the body’s internal clock (circadian rhythm)
& long-term health issues
Performance impairment issues
Judgment and emotional temperament issues, and their implications for
Mitigating Strategies (Dr. Rosekind & Tom Aveni)
(Rosekind & Aveni)
your agency can do now
your agency should begin planning to do in the future
Alertness Solutions & PPSC can do to help you facilitate essential
text as a working resource: “Surviving the Nightshift”