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Routine Situations Can Be Dangerous for Fatigued Officers [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Mar 5, 2018 2:40:33 PM

Managing law enforcement personnel 24-7-365 is a delicate balance of manpower, minimum staffing requirements, labor agreements, and risk management. Placing limits on the number of hours police officers serve is a key tactic for reducing fatigue. When emergency personnel are tired on the job, even their routine activities can become dangerous.

From emergency response to quick decision-making under stressful conditions, numerous elements of police performance suffer when officers haven't gotten enough sleep.  As demands for public safety increases, rules-based automated scheduling software can help to create a safer environment for all concerned. 

When using this type of software, for example, fatigue rules can be setup to ensure that officer's schedules are aligned with adequate sleep requirements. Overtime assignment rules can be automated to promote adequate rest between shifts while ensuring fairness.  And personnel status automation can be used to alert managers of potential issues.  

This type of visibility can play a major role in controlling fatigue and thus, helping to keep citizens and officers safe.

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As workforce management and data interface experts, Orion Communications is a leading provider of public safety workforce management software.  Orion’s AgencyWeb® software helps agencies simplify complex workforce management processes and reduce labor cost. Orion has been serving the public safety industry since 1998 and is a certified women-owned business headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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