Public Safety Workforce Blogs

The Deadly Effects of Sleep Deprivation for Public Safety Agencies

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Feb 18, 2021 4:09:18 PM

About half of protective service and military workers report not getting enough sleep, representing a higher rate of sleep deprivation than any other occupation. This statistic is especially concerning given the vital role this workforce plays in protecting public safety and health. It’s understandable that public safety workers would struggle to get enough sleep.  Working 12-hour and rotational shifts that are combined with the unpredictability of being on call can disrupt the body’s natural circadian rhythm. Assignments can involve shift hold-overs, traumatic encounters, and high levels of stress.

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Topics: Police and Fire, Officer Safety

5 Tips for Public Safety Recruitment and Retention

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Feb 18, 2021 2:38:05 PM

Ask any administrator for a list of their top 5 concerns, and it is sure to include the recruitment and retention of their workforce. It does not matter what facet of public safety you work in or where you are. Whether you are the warden at a large prison or chief at a local fire department, staffing is always a concern. Finding and keeping qualified employees is something that keeps agency leaders up at night.

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Topics: Law Enforcement, Staffing

Virtual Courts ... 2021 Predictions and Beyond

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Feb 4, 2021 7:20:58 PM

The pandemic of 2020 will be remembered for generations, not only due to the loss of life but also because of the changes it forced society to make. Wearing masks, social distancing, and teleworking have changed almost every aspect of American life—including the court system. Although the long-term goal is to return to normal, the reality is that some aspects of virtual depositions and court applications may continue well past 2021.

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Topics: Courts