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**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.

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