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Workforce management technology helps public employees remain engaged

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Mar 26, 2015 5:57:00 PM


For state and local budget directors, the end of 2014 brought with it a bit of good news that had not been seen for some time.

According to a recent report by American City and Country, federal, state and local governments have all increased their spending levels for the first time since 2011. After several years of enacting hiring freezes and even laying off employees, the growing economy has provided governments with the revenue they need to invest in basic services again.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Public Safety Technology, Public Sector

Electronic subpoena management saves time and cost [VIDEO]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Mar 23, 2015 6:07:44 PM


In the courtroom, trials can stretch on for days. They can last even longer if law enforcement officers do not arrive at the appointed times. Orion's' CourtNotify web-based software has been closing these types of gaps for years now by automating the court notification process and tracking officer's court attendance.

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Topics: Courts, Subpoena Management

California town benefits from community policing [VIDEO]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Mar 2, 2015 5:02:00 PM

Can community policing work? One troubled city in California may have the answer.

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Topics: Police, Community Policing

Workforce management software can help corrections maximize scheduling [VIDEO]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Feb 20, 2015 4:19:00 PM

Keeping inmates safe from themselves and from each other is a high priority for correctional systems. But are they all up to the challenge?

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Topics: Workforce Management, Corrections, Criminal Justice

Understaffed, overstressed dispatchers can put public safety at risk

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Feb 17, 2015 12:15:00 PM


Though each aspect of a public safety response team is important, the one factor that holds it all together is fully staffed and skillful dispatch team. Dispatchers are the ones who field 911 calls, quickly collect all of the information relative to the emergency, and send first responders to the scene as soon as possible while remaining on the line to keep the caller calm. It is no exaggeration to say that without dispatchers, the entire system would be unable to function properly.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Scheduling, Dispatch Centers

Police budgets are changing [VIDEO]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Feb 12, 2015 11:33:53 AM

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Topics: Law Enforcement, Budget, Police

Proper planning is needed to manage rising municipal budgets

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Feb 9, 2015 11:53:00 AM


For the past seven years, it has seemed like stagnant or falling municipal budgets are the norm. The recession caused tax revenues to fall significantly on both the state and local level, forcing governments to cut back wherever possible — especially with already stressed voters reluctant to accept additional tax increases. What few spending increases were scrounged up often went to cover contractual increases for union employees, and even these were much smaller than in previous years.

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Topics: Budget, Municipal Government

How can technology be used to improve campus safety? [VIDEO]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Feb 2, 2015 2:45:00 PM


For most students, going off to college marks an exciting new chapter in their young lives. But are campuses ensuring their safety?

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Topics: Workforce Management, Campus Police

Better scheduling needed to improve response time [VIDEO]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jan 30, 2015 4:41:20 PM

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Topics: Scheduling, Dispatch Centers

Technology offers a solution for crowded courthouses

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jan 16, 2015 6:09:00 PM

Overcrowded courtrooms may be weakening the judicial system. Better coordination of officer's schedules with court dockets can help reduce the burden.

Anyone who has ever spent time in a courtroom knows that the process does not always move swiftly. Opposing counsels spend hours making their respective arguments, and juries spend a significant amount of time considering them. All told, it can take months to properly schedule and carry out a trial, from the initial arraignment to the final verdict. And this can be delayed even further when the courts and law enforcement are unable to work as a unified team.

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Topics: Criminal Justice

About Orion Communications

Orion Communications is a certified women-owned business enterprise headquartered in Dallas, Texas that has been specializing in workforce management software since 1998. As Public Sector workforce management and data interface experts, Orion is a unique provider of dynamically intelligence workforce management software. Orion serves agencies with complex requirements and improves workforce productivity using its web based AgencyWeb® system and consultative management services.

For more information, please contact Jackie Belasky at 214-361-1203, #2413 or jbelasky@orioncom.com.