HAMPTON, Va. (WVEC) -- The Hampton Police Division recently created a way for on-duty officers to rest and rejuvenate.
"Quiet rooms" provide a place for them to take naps while they are working.
Sergeant Matt Bond told 13News Now that police got the idea from officers in Nevada.
“There is another department that's currently out in Las Vegas that’s using the same tactic, and they've had great success with it,” Bond said.
The quiet rooms, which are located in three different spots in the city, are furnished with recliners, futons, and televisions.
“For the designated amount of time, they can come in, take their belt off, turn their radio off, close the door, turn off the lights, and just get some rest. Sometimes people would just elect to come in here and eat, or come in here and quietly meditate,” Corporal Reggie Williams said.
On-duty officers only can use the rooms during their lunch break, and only one officer at a time can use a quiet room.
“If the officer is on duty, they would get in touch with their supervisor and indicate they want to take their lunch break in the quiet room. Although your radio is off, you've got to be by your phone. You've got to notify your supervisor and always be at that operational state of readiness,” Williams explained.
Hampton police say the quiet rooms offer a safe, comfortable, quiet environment to decompress.
“Sometimes our call volumes are so high that officers essentially are answering calls for service all day long. When the call volume is that high, it definitely leads to higher levels of fatigue,” Williams said.
“Eighty percent of decision-making errors and accidents in police work are a result of fatigue, so that’s something we took into account when we came up with this idea,” Bond stated.