Anthropological Time Zones is an interesting topic and somewhat difficult to follow. Even as I review the content of this chapter as it speaks on anthropological time zones, I saw a very powerful and direct innovative statement. According to Rifkin (1987) “we must begin by acknowledging that “the first grand discovery was time. Time has been our most important innovation.” Rifkin spoke on the different cultures and their perception of the way time should be used.
As I look at the police culture and the way we attempt to manipulate time due to staffing issues, it became more relevant the way I looked at the time zones. See, most administrators in the law enforcement field is often tasked with trying to keep the community they serve safe, other staff safe, allow staff to take off for vacation and accounting for sick leave. While agencies would like to use the 8-hour shift concept, it generally doesn’t work for those agencies that are short of staff. Quite a few police departments have now used the 12-hour shifts, which now the 12-hour shift helps to take the pressure off the officers. The concept of the 12-hour shift in part now takes two men to cover a 3 men coverage over a 24-hour shift with actually receiving two weekends off a month. As a police officer, we have adopted a kind of rotating timed schedule which we operate every other weekend off and because the necessity of the police we have an obligation. Over the past 19 years I have recognized that this is just the culture of police work and you conform to it and while doing so, you remain productive in your duties.
As I look forward to the transition into the white-collar culture of the 9-5 workday with weekends and holidays off, I look at the role of what the time plays in completing your work. The white-collar society or culture is based on those designed banker’s hours, specifically, because that’s when transactions and business are made throughout the market. According to Rifkin (1987), “Economic considerations play a 24-hour presents the role in the establishing duration boundaries.
In conclusion, I look forward to the new transition into a new culture of time zones. I know after twenty years of a constant change in time, due to the need of a 24-hour presence of law enforcement, I will value the change.
Rifkin, Jeremy (1987) Time Wars the Primary Conflict in Human History: Henry Holt and Company, Inc., New York, New York