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Using Data to Improve Campus Police Staffing Plans

Posted by Jackie Belasky

May 4, 2015 5:10:44 PM


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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

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

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

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.