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It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to ensure that all employees are able to enjoy a work environment free from all forms of violence and threats of violence.
Workplace violence or occupational violent crime (OVC) is defined as violent and/or threatening behavior in the workplace.
- includes any behavior that could be interpreted by a reasonable person as intent to cause physical harm to another individual.
- may or may not include the actual act of physical force, with or without a weapon, toward another individual.
- may be verbal or non-verbal.
This policy includes an absolute prohibition against employees carrying firearms or personal weapons onto any County property, except as may be specifically authorized by law.
Employees who have knowledge of violent acts or threats of violence in the workplace must report through the appropriate chain of command and have the right to have those complaints investigated.
It shall be each supervisor's responsibility to swiftly and thoroughly investigate such reports, or to report such complaints to the appropriate department or law enforcement authority.
Department management shall take appropriate action to ensure the safety and welfare of its employees and the public.
Employees who engage in violent or threatening acts against other employees or the public shall be subject to appropriate sanctions, depending upon the circumstances, up to and including termination of employment, as well as possible criminal charges.
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