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January 2, 2013

  Risk, Insurance, Claims & Safety 
  • Ala. city to boost police security in schools
    The Trussville, Ala., City Council has approved $400,000 for the Police Department to add school-resource officers to increase security. The vote followed the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Trussville schools have enacted a three-step security plan that includes placing schools on partial lockdown, stationing a police officer on all campuses and making crisis teams available to students, parents and teachers. AL.com (Alabama) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ga. cities work to pass false-alarm ordinances
    An ordinance in Sandy Springs, Ga., is meant to help reduce the number of false alarms that emergency responders receive, imposing fines of $50 to $500 for false alarms sent to police and $250 for false alarms sent to the Fire Department. Nearby Dunwoody and Johns Creek plan to enact similar ordinances. City officials said the ordinances could save lives and hundreds of thousands of tax dollars. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Workplace & Retirement 
  • Panel suggests 401(k)-style option for Ariz. public employees
    Arizona should consider offering a 401(k) plan for public employees as it deals with an underfunded pension system, according to a study by a committee headed by the state treasurer. The committee also proposed increasing the retirement age for future hires and taking steps to make workers unable to artificially inflate their pensions. Unfunded liabilities for the state's four pension plans total $39.6 billion, according to the committee. BenefitsPro.com/The Associated Press (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wellness program helps San Diego police cope with stress
    The San Diego Police Department's wellness program is reducing stress, psychological problems and marital issues for hundreds of officers and family members. The program offers peer support, psychological and chaplain services, and training programs. Sgt. Tod Bassett, a member of the wellness unit, said the goal is to help people "before an incident occurs that we can't fix." KGTV-TV (San Diego) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Higher Education 
  • Florida A&M fell short on controls to stop hazing, report says
    Florida A&M University had a lack of internal controls that led to communication problems among university officials and police in discovering and preventing hazing, according to a report from the Florida Board of Governors inspector general's office. The evidence, however, was insufficient to determine whether hazing allegations were ignored by officials before a drum major's death in 2011. The university has a year to make changes in order to keep its accreditation after being placed on probation. The Miami Herald (free registration) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Alabama State University president agrees to resign
    Lawyers representing Alabama State University and its president, Joseph Silver, have reached an agreement for Silver to resign and receive $685,000. Silver, who had held the president's job for 13 weeks, will step down Sunday. He has agreed to cooperate with any "pending and/or subsequent audit, investigation or lawsuit involving his employment" at the university, according to the agreement. Silver has raised questions about contracts at the university, which is undergoing audits commissioned by the state and the university's auditing firm. AL.com (Alabama) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Management 
  • Leadership lessons from "Stormin' Norman"
    Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, the commander of Operation Desert Storm, died Thursday at age 78. His philosophy of leadership emphasized humility, hard work and moral fortitude. "Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without strategy," Schwarzkopf once said. Forbes (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News From Aon 
  • Workplace violence
    Sean Ahrens, Aon Global Risk Consulting's Security Consulting Practice Leader, discusses proactive steps to eliminate or limit direct threats to an organization's most important asset -- its people. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Security consulting and design
    Aon Fire Protection Engineering offers a broad spectrum of security consulting services including crisis management planning, policy and procedure development, and security vulnerability and threat assessment, among many others. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SmartQuote 
Never tell your resolution beforehand, or it's twice as onerous a duty."
--John Selden,
English jurist and scholar


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