Public Safety Workforce Blogs

Hiring Freeze Impact on Overtime Costs – Is it Measurable? [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Apr 27, 2016 9:29:31 AM

Faced with increasing overtime costs, city officials in Portland, Maine have secured a significant concession from the firefighters' union.  The Portland Press-Herald reports that the city will be asked to approve a new contract with firefighters that will fill vacant positions and cut overtime.

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Topics: Analytics

New Police Technology Increases Need for Training [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Apr 18, 2016 12:39:51 PM

It's becoming increasingly clear that new technology is helping police officers do their jobs. The algorithms that support predictive policing software, for example, make it easier to prevent crime sprees.

While this is good news for neighborhood safety, it is important for proponents of policing technology to understand that the software alone cannot make a difference without dedicated officers to back it up.

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Topics: Training