Effectively managing and planning for fatigue is at the core of a new policy being developed by Tasmania Police.
Acting Commissioner Scott Tilyard said members were very good at managing fatigue, but they recognised the need to have a specific policy for it.
"We just wanted to look at how we can better incorporate effective fatigue management in our planning," he said.
"We are aware that if you've got a long shift or need to work a lot of overtime, we need to look at our work health and safety as an employer."
There are already some guidelines around managing fatigue, with police operating under Tasmania Fire Service's fatigue management plan during bushfires.
Fatigue was also being looked at by the Police, Fire and Emergency Management Department, but Acting Commissioner Tilyard said they wanted to develop a specific policy for their members.
"If you get those protracted operations that go on for many weeks ... clearly you've got to manage the fatigue element of that right through the whole process," he said.
The primary objective in developing the inaugural fatigue management policy is to provide a strategic outline about managing fatigue risk in the workplace, as well as reporting on observations and issues arising from the consultation period.
Northern Commander Brett Smith and Launceston Inspector Darren Hopkins were tasked with completing the consultation phase, which included forums across the state, speaking to officers and liaising with the Police Association of Tasmania.
"They spoke to 300 officers around the state, which is about a quarter of the workforce," Acting Commissioner Tilyard said.
Commander Smith and Inspector Hopkins both spoke highly of the consultation period.
Members not involved in the forums were able to provide input about the policy in other ways, including via a specific email address.
"We were keen to listen to our workforce about what they thought the important issues were," Acting Commissioner Tilyard said.
The initial draft of the policy will be complete in a few weeks, with a second consultation phase to be held with members and the police union upon completion.
Acting Commissioner Tilyard said he would make a recommendation to the commissioner to approve the policy after the second consultation with members was finalised and he was satisfied the policy addressed the relevant issues
It will then be up to Commissioner Darren Hine to give the policy the final tick of approval.