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Overtime costs put pressure on police departments

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Nov 21, 2014 1:15:55 PM

Our mission at Orion Communications is to help the public safety workforce become as efficient as possible.

In municipalities small and large, demand for police services is set by the level of crime in the area. It is up to the individual department heads to meet this demand, even if they are short-staffed.

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Topics: Scheduling, Law Enforcement, Overtime

What happens when governments lack the funds for public safety?

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Nov 11, 2014 4:34:21 PM

Even in an improved economy, finding the money to adequately fund public safety departments is not always easy.

There are a number of factors that help determine the levels of revenue that state and local governments can direct toward public safety. In some cases, the funds have already been earmarked for other purposes, such as the rapidly growing pension obligations that many governments face. In other cases, the simple fact is revenue growth has not been enough to keep up with demand for services.

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Topics: Public Safety Technology, Budget

New Orleans Police making progress against high murder rate

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Oct 29, 2014 1:39:18 PM

New Orleans was once the murder capital of the United States. Now its violent crime rates are dropping.
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Topics: Scheduling, Police

As the seasons change, fire crews must adjust scheduling efforts

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Oct 23, 2014 11:54:14 AM

Demand for fire services can vary, even during traditional wildfire seasons.

Wildfires are a natural—even necessary—part of the overall forest ecosystem. These periodic events burn away dead brush and make room, as well as fertile soil, for new plants to grow. However, this is little comfort to those who may live near the scene of a massive wildfire. To them, it is crucial that these events be controlled so they do not spread to settlements, damage property and take lives. This is where well-organized fire departments play a crucial role.

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Topics: Scheduling, Fire, Firefighters

Local governments use data to improve scheduling efficiency

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Oct 21, 2014 10:23:09 AM

Would you rather work eight hours per day for five days per week, or 10 hours per day for four days per week?

The term "bureaucracy" generally has a negative connotation. When used to describe local government, bureaucracy represents waste, largesse and inefficiency. It suggests to residents that their government has little interest in—or ability to—solve basic problems without expending large sums of money. 

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Topics: Workforce Management, Scheduling, Analytics

What can wardens learn from a recent Ohio prison break?

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Oct 8, 2014 5:04:00 PM

A recent prison break in Ohio highlights the need for better workforce management among guards.

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, standing at 716 prisoners per 100,000 people in 2013. Serving time among this hefty prison population are violent convicted criminals who must be kept secure for the safety of the general public.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Scheduling, Corrections

Miami-Dade County struggles to maintain police staffing levels in budget

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Sep 16, 2014 4:52:00 PM

How can Miami-Dade County maintain its current police staffing levels?

When Miami-Dade County, Florida released its initial budget for the next fiscal year back in June, many residents were alarmed by a proposal to cut about 400 police jobs. According to an article by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services, these cuts were due to a tax ceiling that restricted how much the county government could increase its budget.The county, which includes the city of Miami and a number of surrounding municipalities and unincorporated areas, is proposing to spend $6.2 billion in 2014-2015 without raising tax rates.

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Topics: Scheduling, Law Enforcement, Budget, Police, Analytics

Increasing Dispatch Demands Call For Better 911 Center Staffing

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Sep 12, 2014 12:05:00 PM

It is a simple fact that emergency responders cannot be everywhere at once. No matter where their patrol routes take them, police, firefighters and EMS workers depend on their dispatchers to send them to where they are needed.
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Topics: Public Safety Technology, Scheduling, Dispatch Centers

Scheduling Software Is Essential As More Firefighters Adopt Career Roles

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Sep 5, 2014 2:11:00 PM

Ensuring that fire departments have enough full-time firefighters scheduled at any time is crucial.

The hottest and driest parts of the summer may be over, but the risk of a fire at a home or business never fully goes away, no matter the time of year. As such, municipalities both large and small must make sure that they always have a fire response presence that is proportionate to their size.

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Topics: Mobile Technology, Fire Chief, Public Safety Technology, Scheduling, Firefighters

Mentally Ill Inmates Place A Burden On Prisons

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Sep 3, 2014 4:51:00 PM

In recent decades, one of the major hurdles that prison wardens have been forced to contend with is the growth of the number of mentally ill inmates.  As the Eight Amendment to the Constitution prohibits the government from imposing "cruel and unusual punishments" on inmates, prisons are equipped with facilities to ensure their health and well-being during incarceration. Yet those who are familiar with the prison system know that this can sometimes present a challenge.
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Topics: Workforce Management, Corrections

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.