Dispatchers Can Now Locate Police Units on Screen

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DOTHAN, AL--When dispatchers get an emergency call, knowing where an officer is located can be the difference between life and death.

Officials say the equipment and software is already installed in the police units, now it's time for dispatchers to learn how to use the system.

Tuesday Dothan city commissioners agreed to enter into an agreement with Sungard public Sector.

The group will provide onsite training for the automatic vehicle locator software and go-live assistance.

Officials say it's a good modern tool that will enhance and increase police response time.

"This will allow the dispatchers to see on their screen where all the police cars are, right now we assign police cars by district and they dispatch based on that district but now that dispatcher will be able to see on their screen where the closest unit is which may actually be in another district and on true emergencies be able to get the those who are actually closer to the emergency there first," said Dothan City Manager Mike West.

Training started Tuesday and will last throughout the week.

The training will cost $4,900.

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