Regular readers know I changed LE agencies a couple years ago. From a very large metropolitan LEA to a small LEA. Am glad to be back to my roots and knowing all my officers by name and face and voice.
My new agency is finally able to go MDS. Yippee. Get computers in the patrol units. Less air traffic. Easier to communicate with the officers too.
In my former LEA job all the units, even many unmarked, had MDS's in their vehicles. I love MDS dispatching. Lots of years experience with upgrades and changes and still love the overall effectiveness.
In my new LEA I am the only dispatcher that has worked with MDS dispatching. Only two of our newest officers have worked with MDS dispatching.
And NONE of us were part of the team who put together the training, design, and application. The team were senior sgt, senior dispatcher, senior lt, our department tech person and the company rep.
And now the training has begun. Instead of getting the experienced MDS dispatching people in at least the first class, we are all part of the last group to get trained. As the training room is nearby my dispatch center - and all their "training events" are popping up on my dispatch screen, I am already seeing a problem I pulled the tech person out to point out on my screen.
Why would the department not put the most experienced people as part of the team in the integration to more quickly spot problems and cut them off? To help with training? Share their experiences?