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Florida Prisons Face Staffing Shortages [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Mar 21, 2016 1:03:27 PM

In Florida, the nation's third-largest prison system is dangerously understaffed, leading to serious security issues.

That's the conclusion of a recent report conducted by independent consulting firm CGL, which found that many mandatory positions have been left unmanned for thousands of hours. As a result, fewer inmates are being searched, and use of force is increasing as guards struggle to maintain control.

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Topics: Corrections

Hiring More Firefighters Not Always the Best Answer to Excess OT [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Mar 14, 2016 11:58:22 AM

When fire departments are overworked, the amount of money they have to allocate for overtime payments can reach impressive levels. At first glance, it may appear that the department in question is simply understaffed. But hiring additional firefighters isn't always the best answer.

For instance, in the Columbus, Ohio fire department, overtime payments reached $8.6 million in 2015, with some firefighters earning 30 percent more than their base pay.

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Topics: Scheduling

Public Safety Understaffed on School Campuses [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Mar 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Recent school shootings in the United States have made parents, teachers and policymakers extra wary about the safety of students. But while many school districts have opted to boost security, some have struggled with a lack of staff.

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Prisons Must Balance Budget and Fatigue When Staffing Officers [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Mar 2, 2016 7:00:00 AM

State officials must always balance the need to stay on budget while avoiding burnout for their prison staffs.

A recent study from the Vermont Department of Corrections is once again bringing this dilemma into focus. Over the last six months, correctional officers at the state's seven prisons have worked an average of 11.6 hours of overtime for each two week pay period.

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Topics: Corrections

About Orion Communications

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.

For more information, please contact Jackie Belasky at 214-361-1203, #2413 or jbelasky@orioncom.com.