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How are police departments controlling overtime spending? [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

May 18, 2015 5:56:06 PM

Is it possible for police departments to get their arms around overtime spending? Absolutely. Despite facing record-high costs, the Baltimore Police Department has made some headway in this area.

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Topics: Law Enforcement, Overtime, Police

Dispatcher consolidation seen as a solution to state budgetary woes

Posted by Jackie Belasky

May 12, 2015 6:53:53 PM

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The trouble with running a small state and facing an annual budget gap is that there are only so many services available to cut. At times, this requires leaders to get creative.

As we have written previously on this blog, states and municipalities will often ask public safety services to develop efficiencies so they can freeze or reduce their budgets without significantly impacting the quality of the service they provide. To achieve this goal, public safety departments often have to consider new approaches to workforce management.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Dispatch Centers

Charlottesville PD weather challenges add to staffing shortages

Posted by Jackie Belasky

May 7, 2015 6:24:30 PM


According to The Cavalier Daily, the police department in Charlottesville, VA struggled with chronic staffing shortages in addition to challenges posed by the April winter storm that hit the East Coast earlier this year.

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Topics: Workforce Management, EMS, Police

Using Data to Improve Campus Police Staffing Plans [VIDEO]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

May 4, 2015 5:10:00 PM


When people think about the problems that campus police face, staffing issues are not likely to be the first things that come to mind. But at many colleges and universities, maintaining acceptable staffing patrol levels is actually a major challenge.

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Topics: Campus Police

Some NJ correctional facilities experiencing major OT costs

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Apr 24, 2015 10:58:00 AM


What's the difference between keeping overtime costs under control and spending far over budget? Being proactive and planning ahead.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Scheduling, Corrections, Overtime

Improve management of overtime costs [VIDEO]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Apr 20, 2015 7:22:00 PM

Overtime pay for public sector workers can amount to a huge burden for state budgets. If left unchecked, these costs could threaten the ability of states to provide adequate services.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Overtime

Boston record snow levels weigh heavily on city's OT budget

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Apr 8, 2015 10:44:58 AM

Running a city is challenging enough on a normal day. When that city is hit with record amounts of snow, things get a lot more complicated.

Last month, Boston, Massachusetts was hit by several consecutive snowstorms, pushing the winter's snowfall total to the second-highest level recorded in the city's history. As a result of this harsh weather, the city set another record by spending about $35 million on snow and ice removal.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Municipal Government

Better training and equipment keep firefighters safe

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Mar 30, 2015 11:42:00 AM


It is not uncommon for firefighters to suffer minor injuries when responding to fires that have grown larger, and more rapidly, than expected. Falling debris, or fierce flames, can cause even more serious wounds. And, as every firefighter knows, sometimes their lives are in danger when they respond to calls. To stay safe, firefighters depend on training, teamwork, a level head and quick reflexes.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Firefighters

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

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.