12/17/2011

Md. cops complain new dispatch system is dangerous

$6.6 million system, which went live 8 days ago, has resulted in dispatchers losing track of ambulances

By Scott Daugherty
The Capital

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — In the week since county officials launched a new computer-aided dispatch system, police officers have gone into calls "blind" and dispatchers have lost track of ambulances and fire crews, according to the leaders of some local unions and several officers and firefighters.

The $6.6 million system, which went live eight days ago, was plagued with problems over the weekend, said O'Brien Atkinson, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70.

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