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.Phoenix police now have a full complement of officers in training and recruits moving through the academy, with leaders targeting even more increases in the years ahead.
In situations like these, workforce management software with full-time equivalency calculators can help leaders to quantify the number of recruits necessary based on historical staffing data. Historical data can also be used to determine how long it will take to get recruits trained and assigned to their new beats. Using workforce data this way can be significantly helpful when justifying new hire budgets with city councils.
Check back soon for more about how technology is being used to plan for public safety workforce staffing.