Public Safety Workforce Blogs

It’s Time to Rethink How Your Agency Operates

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jun 18, 2020 7:08:59 PM

 

There may never have been a more challenging time to be working in public safety than right now.  Since the outbreak of COVID-19 many first responders have been working excessively long hours, often for several weeks in a row to keep our communities safe.  These past few weeks have been incredibly tough for law enforcement with civil unrest and calls for reform, de-funding and even dismantling of police agencies. With overtime already spiraling out of control and the long term impact of the economic slowdown, many agencies are looking back in order to chart a course forward.

 

It's obvious that life in the 'new normal' has already changed dramatically.  But hold on to your hats – it’s just getting started.   Remember only a few months ago being focused on a shortage of PPE’s and healthcare resources?  Planning for those supply-chain items is still part of your future, but  now multiplied 10 times over.  

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Topics: Workforce Management, Public Safety Technology

Improving Public Safety Workforce Diversity [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Oct 12, 2017 4:41:33 PM

The U.S. is a racially diverse country and diversity will continue to be a prominent consideration well into the future. Increasing workforce diversity within public safety organizations is a key consideration that builds community trust and legitimacy.

While diversity practices adopted by public safety agencies vary, they all focus on key areas that include recruitment, hiring, and retention. Each successful diversity-building effort also shares a few best practices. 

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Topics: Workforce Management

Volunteer fire departments pressed to add EMS [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Sep 14, 2017 11:31:20 AM

Demand is rising for emergency medical services in communities served by volunteer fire departments. It's time for these agencies to consider adding rescue personnel to their rosters. While every region has its own needs, the general pattern is consistent.

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Topics: Workforce Management

Accountability essential in public safety [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jun 12, 2017 4:17:46 PM

Managing a workforce is especially critical in the world of public safety, but it can be difficult when not everyone has the same knowledge of departmental culture and expectations. Getting the whole team on the same page is essential.

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Topics: Workforce Management

Long response times call for EMS volunteers [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Feb 20, 2017 10:49:51 AM

When it comes to emergency medical response times, every minute counts. In communities that are too large or understaffed to dispatch paramedics in acceptable times, volunteers can fill a vital role, stepping in when people need help.

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Topics: Workforce Management

Emergency services can combine staffing authority [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Dec 20, 2016 11:32:39 AM

Fire and police departments are exploring new staffing strategies today to ensure they field the right personnel to keep their communities safe - while working within budget constraints. This can even mean combining hiring authority departments that were previously separate.

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Topics: Workforce Management

Opioid Exposure - The Latest First Responder Health Hazard [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Oct 26, 2016 12:24:45 PM

Communities across the country are dealing with the troubling rise in opioid addiction, resulting in higher numbers of drug overdoses. For example, officials in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, recently found that drug overdoses in the first seven months of 2016 have already surpassed those reported for the entirety of 2015.

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Topics: Workforce Management

EMS Departments Face Volunteer Shortages [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Feb 29, 2016 7:00:00 AM

While major cities rely on full-time, professional EMS departments for their emergency response services, smaller municipalities in less populated areas are more likely to depend on volunteers. Unfortunately for them, there aren't as many signups as there used to be.

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Topics: Workforce Management

Public sector alternatives to privatization [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jan 28, 2016 11:46:19 AM

In theory, privatizing public services to reduce costs makes sense. But such a dramatic shift in operations can lead to drops in service levels that the public may not tolerate. Before any municipality goes through with a privatization plan, it is imperative to evaluate its cost-effectiveness. After all, a private company focused on profit can erode accountability and potentially drive governments deeper into debt.

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Topics: Workforce Management

Workforce management technology – is it worth the investment? [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jan 4, 2016 3:20:05 PM

Conventional wisdom tells us that the government is persistently behind the private sector in information technology — especially on the local level. But this doesn't have to be true for every city and town. With the right software, public departments can match the tech-savviness of their private counterparts, and build efficient organizations as a result.

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Topics: Workforce Management