When you house hundreds—sometimes thousands—of convicted criminals in one building, effective prison management is critical to the safety of inmates, workers and the surrounding community. Prisoners must be kept in conditions that will hold them securely, without violating their basic constitutional rights. Meanwhile, the municipal, state and federal agencies that oversee prisons must ensure that the buildings are properly staffed in a way that maintains compliance with these standards.
Since the last recession, public sector spending has been held back by the federal government, as well as states and municipalities, as they try to compensate for lower revenues. As a result, the number of public sector jobs has fallen since 2008 and still hasn't recovered.
For public safety agencies, rapid response is critical to a job well done. But it isn't just a matter of pride—in the event of natural disasters, quick response times can mean the difference between life and death for hundreds, if not thousands of people.
Public safety agencies have limited budgets and they must consider the effects of overtime pay carefully. On one hand, certain municipalities may determine that it is more financially feasible to hire more personnel when the need arises. On the other hand, some may find that this is prohibitively expensive, especially when it is off-season and there is less work to do. In that case, it is generally decided to pay an existing employee overtime wages.
In the public sector, as is equally true in private industry, problems can occur when doing things the way they have always been done. Though this can often feel like an easy solution, it only leads to inefficiency and eventually increased costs.
Orion gratefully acknowledges the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, for allowing us to reproduce, the video "Protecting our Protectors: Using Science to Improve Officer Safety and Wellness". The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this video are those of the speaker(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Orion gratefully acknowledges FireEngineering.com for allowing us to reproduce the following column by Thomas N. Warren, retired Assistant Chief from the Department of Providence (RI) Fire Department.
Orion Communications, Inc. gratefully acknowledges PoliceOne.com for allowing us to reproduce the following Police Tech & Gear column written by expert columnist, Tim Dees.
Not all of these are strictly what the police know that private citizens don’t, but they’re close. Many are things I wish I could have said, but would have been in big trouble for doing so.
The Bureau of Justice (BJA) has published its 2013-2016 Strategic Plan for the development and implementation of criminal justice policy and grant management.
'Protecting and serving' is much more complicated these days than it used to be. Budget cuts, layoffs and increased regulatory compliances make running today’s public safety agencies challenging to say the least. Agencies must find ways to continually improve how they are managed and how their employees perform. With that, the paradigm of doing things ‘the way we’ve always done it’ simply must change and it must change sooner rather than later.