**For Immediate Release**
Workplace Violence to be Addressed in Seminar
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 06/22/06
Goodwell, Okla. — Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s
Adult and Continuing Education department is hosting an
informative seminar entitled “Workplace Violence.” The
Oklahoma Regional Community Policing Institute (ORCPI)
will provide area citizens with tools to respond to violence
in the workplace. According to ORCPI, their mission is
to enable all community members to play a role in building
a safer Oklahoma. The community policing philosophy encourages
a broader understanding between citizens and law enforcement
and focuses on a shared responsibility in preventing crime
and making neighborhoods safer. The class is planned for
Saturday, July 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a location
will be decided once the number of participants is determined.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, violence in
the workplace is a serious health and safety issue. In
its most extreme form, homicide is the third-leading cause
of fatal occupational injury in the country. In statistics
published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal
Occupational Injuries, 551 homicides occurred in 2004 in
the U.S. out of 5,703 fatal work injuries.
Generous sponsors, including Bank of the Panhandle and
Main Street Guymon, allow the class to be offered for free.
Other sponsors are Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma, Guymon
Firefighters Club, Professional Firefighters of Guymon
Local 256, and the Guymon EMS Association. The course also
provides 8 hours of Council on Law Enforcement Education
and Training (CLEET) training for police officers. For
more information or to reserve a spot, call the Office
of Adult and Continuing Education at 580-349-1550 or the
Guymon Classroom office at 338-1380.