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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

Routine Situations Can Be Dangerous for Fatigued Officers [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Mar 5, 2018 2:40:33 PM

Managing law enforcement personnel 24-7-365 is a delicate balance of manpower, minimum staffing requirements, labor agreements, and risk management. Placing limits on the number of hours police officers serve is a key tactic for reducing fatigue. When emergency personnel are tired on the job, even their routine activities can become dangerous.

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Topics: Scheduling

Shift swapping: Are your policies being controlled? [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Dec 11, 2017 1:45:10 PM

Firefighters who need to swap shifts are happier when scheduling systems are easy-to-use and give them a high degree of flexibility and control. Departmental leaders need to balance this desire for control with assurances that all trades are carried out within policies and guidelines.

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Topics: Scheduling

Public safety scheduling changes when disaster strikes [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Nov 22, 2017 9:45:08 AM

When disaster strikes, whether in the form of catastrophic weather events or civil disorder, public safety agencies must be at their best and most efficient. Dealing with high-risk events may involve switching first responders to Alpha/Bravo or EOP shift schedules.

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Topics: Scheduling

Law Enforcement Staffing for Crime Prevention Month [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Nov 17, 2017 9:34:20 AM

October is Crime Prevention Month, with community-focused events and initiatives such as the National Night Out. These gatherings of community members and law enforcement agencies are designed to build trust and a sense of community.

While many police chiefs agree that it is crucial for their officers to meet regularly with residents, the simple truth is that many find their resources stretched too thin.

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Topics: Scheduling

Police departments can make effective use of special overtime [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Oct 24, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Police departments working on special projects that are funded by federal or state government agencies can have positive impacts on their communities. At the same time, the extra hours of overtime often required for these initiatives must be monitored and deployed fairly in order to maximize the benefits and control excess spending.

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Topics: Scheduling

Fatigue policies can prevent firefighter sleep deprivation [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Oct 18, 2017 11:15:33 AM

The potential link between 48/96 shift schedules and sleep deprivation can pose unique risks for firefighters. The danger of sleep deprivation tends to be compounded by a high volume of calls. When a firefighter cannot get adequate sleep on the second day of a shift, cognitive performance can suffer, putting lives in danger.

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Topics: Scheduling

'Floating' firefighters could patch scheduling holes [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Mar 14, 2017 2:53:37 PM

When fire departments are faced with more demand than they can handle, the answer may lie in creating new positions that cover high-need shifts as required. These "floaters" can help response times and cut down on the need for mutual aid calls.

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Topics: Scheduling

When local populations increase, so should public safety staffing [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Feb 24, 2017 9:31:33 AM

An influx of new residents to an area is a great sign that it's a vibrant and desirable place to live - but that can put a strain on the region's public safety agencies.

A greater population to protect means a greater need for increased police, fire and EMS presence, but sometimes the budget needed for increased staffing just isn't available. This situation recently reared its head in Phoenix, Arizona, with a 5 percent population increase met by a declining police force.

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Topics: Scheduling

Natural disaster preparedness affects all public safety [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jan 25, 2017 12:16:32 PM

When a major natural disaster strikes, safeguarding the populace will take a combined efforts of first responders - from fire to law enforcement, from EMTs to the National Guard. The necessary resources must be prepared in advance, in case such catastrophes do come to pass.

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Topics: Scheduling

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.