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Dealing With Workplace Violence in Georgia’s Cities and Counties.

Author: WILLIAM L. WAUGH, JR. AND LLOYD G. NIGRO
Published in PAM, Vol. 4 No. 3

Using the fears of workplace violence expressed by public employees
as a reference point, this analysis examines the responses of city and county
governments in the State of Georgia to the threat of external and internal
violence. As a preliminary assessment of the responsiveness of city and
county governments to the problem of workplace violence, officials in
Georgia local governments with populations of 50,000 or higher were asked
about both their perceptions of the threat and the specific actions taken by
their governments to address it. While personal concerns and preparations
were described, few officials indicated that their governments have
formulated policies and implemented programs to address the problem.
High percentages of officials, however, indicated that they expect more
violence on a scale similar to the Murrah Federal Building bombing in
Oklahoma City and that public employees are at greater risk than private
sector employees.

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