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Flexible First Responder Roles: A Boon for Small Town Response Times? [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

May 25, 2018 11:23:19 AM

Police, Fire, EMS: The divisions between first responder departments are distinct in most communities. In small-town settings, however, combining duties could increase the percentage of full-time emergency personnel on staff and reduce response times.

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Topics: EMS, Fire, Police

Body-worn cameras for corrections require policies [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

May 2, 2018 9:34:38 AM

Body-worn camera initiatives in correctional facilities may fail to get off the ground unless the program includes well-defined policies. These typically include recording protocols, data storage and user access.

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Topics: Police

Tips for Hiring and Retaining the Best Police Officers [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jan 29, 2018 2:58:25 PM

Law enforcement agencies across the country are facing unprecedented recruitment challenges. While all differ in size and the communities they serve, each could benefit by following a few best practices.

Department leaders hoping to keep their best and brightest officers for years to come should consider whether they're on the same page as their personnel when it comes to benefits and opportunities for advancement. If officers don't see a chance to learn new skills and move up in the ranks, they may begin looking for employment elsewhere.

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Topics: Police

As police roles expand, workforce technology is essential [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Oct 31, 2017 5:19:05 PM

Today's law enforcement officers face unprecedented challenges with expanding responsibilities.  In addition to responding to calls for service and deterring crime, they are now charged with protecting their communities against domestic and foreign threats on a daily basis. Add to that the increase in cultural tensions and civil hostilities from community members they are sworn to protect.

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Topics: Police

Unprecedented times for law enforcement recruitment [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Aug 30, 2017 3:07:52 PM

Today's law enforcement recruiters are in a difficult position. The demand for qualified, responsible police officers is high - yet finding qualified candidates for this dangerous and demanding job is slow going. Some municipalities in collaboration with local police unions are making unprecedented changes to contractual agreements in order to attract qualified officers.

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Topics: Police

Aircraft drones - the latest innovative tools for public safety [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jul 25, 2017 4:45:37 PM

Drones armed with cameras and sensor payloads have been used by military and border control agencies for decades to improve situational awareness. Today's unmanned aerial vehicles have been brought to market - making them an invaluable tool for law enforcement.Police and fire departments around the country have a new equipment category to consider: drone aircraft. 

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Topics: Police

Body-worn cameras: Are law enforcement agencies ready? [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jun 20, 2017 2:10:25 PM

When asked which types of video technologies are most important to law enforcement over the next few years, officers overwhelmingly named body-worn cameras. This raises the question: Are departments ready to handle these devices?

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Topics: Police

Police vehicle training reaches new levels of realism [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Feb 6, 2017 2:52:47 PM

When it comes to skills such as making high-risk traffic stops or pursuing a suspect's vehicle in hazardous driving conditions, police officers need training to feel as close to the real thing as possible.

Training sessions that accurately reflect extreme conditions can help officers react effectively. To this end, agencies have a variety of options at their disposal, including driving practice in cars that simulate dangerous weather, as well as scenarios that combine driving and shoot-out elements.

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Topics: Police

California town benefits from community policing [VIDEO]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Mar 2, 2015 5:02:00 PM

Can community policing work? One troubled city in California may have the answer.

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Topics: Police

How can we improve campus safety? [VIDEO]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jan 14, 2015 9:19:32 AM

 

For most students, going off to college marks an exciting new chapter in their young lives. But are campuses ensuring their safety?

Studies show that as many as one-fifth of all female college students experience stalking at some point during their college career. Though a smaller percentage of men also report similar incidents, women seem to face the brunt of them, whether they are dealing with a disgruntled ex or a complete stranger. Unfortunately, many of these incidents go unreported.

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Topics: Police

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.