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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

Proper campus police staffing can lead to a safer environment

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Aug 26, 2014 3:09:00 PM

Serious crimes on campus such as sexual assault place a heavy demand on campus police. Universities must improve their staffing efforts as a result.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Scheduling, Law Enforcement, Campus Police

Municipalities face numerous challenges in staffing dispatch centers

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Aug 19, 2014 4:09:00 PM

The reason municipal governments focus so much of their efforts on ensuring that there is an acceptable ratio of emergency staff members to the general population is so they can hold down response times. Whether a caller is trapped inside a burning building or threatened by a violent criminal, it is vital that public safety officials get to the scene as soon as possible.

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Topics: Public Safety Technology, Scheduling, Police and Fire, Dispatch Centers

Taylor County sees public resources strained as population grows

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Aug 14, 2014 2:24:00 PM

Many rural counties in the U.S.do not rely on paid public safety personnel, but on volunteers. But what happens when these areas experience sudden population growth that they are not prepared for?

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Topics: Workforce Management, Public Safety Technology, Firefighters

Winning Competitive Grants With Workforce Data

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Aug 4, 2014 6:09:00 PM

More than ever, municipalities have growing needs for technology. Whether it is something as simple as a new computer for an administrative office or as complex as an open data system for tracking the activities of the local government, such projects are crucial for municipalities that seek to serve the public to the best of their ability. But they also cost money.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Grants, Analytics

As head injuries rise, so does the importance of trained EMS staff

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jul 23, 2014 5:21:00 PM


An uptick in head injuries rarely sounds like a good thing. But as a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows, it's the kind of phenomenon that may have a silver lining after all.

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Topics: Workforce Management, EMS, Training, Certifications

Manual Payroll Entries Can Result in Significant Overruns

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jul 17, 2014 10:25:00 AM

When assembling their payrolls, managers generally reach for simple programs that can get the job done quickly. While payroll software can work quite well, it often helps to adopt a workforce management system that adds value by electronically transmitting time and attendance data.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Administration, Payroll Integration

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.