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New Response Strategies Prepare EMS for Active Shooter Incidents [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Oct 29, 2018 2:52:51 PM

The role of emergency medical professionals in active shooter incidents is critical - but also dangerous. The National Fire Protection Association recently unveiled a nationwide standard to help all first responders safely execute their roles in such a situation.

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Topics: EMS, Firefighters, Police

Police Leadership: Plan for Succession [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Sep 19, 2018 11:43:03 AM

It's important to have a solid framework in place for succession within a police department. When leaders actively assess suitability for promotion at all levels of the command chain, open roles can be filled smoothly and quickly, with minimal disruption.

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Topics: Police

Policing Today Means Understanding Social Media [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Aug 14, 2018 5:49:41 PM

Police officers' day-to-day effectiveness relies on responding to the world around them. Today, that task includes understanding and working with technology.

Social media's growing role in community communications is too important to ignore, and tech-savvy police departments can even receive tips from the public and distribute public safety information via Facebook, Twitter or other platforms.

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Topics: Police

Unique scheduling needed for police assigned to protect schools [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jul 27, 2018 10:58:14 AM

In the wake of tragedies such as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, communities and police departments often review school resource officer programs. The organizational policies behind these strategies are sometimes complicated. For instance, state government agencies are often involved in planning and funding the deployments alongside local police departments.

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Topics: Police, Scheduling

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: Fire, EMS, 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

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.