Penalties and payouts related to noncompliance cost public safety agencies millions of dollars each year, and manual staffing solutions are a large part of the problem. A manual system — whether it’s pen and paper or an unwieldy spreadsheet — is inefficient, wasteful and potentially dangerous. It burdens supervisors with hours of tedious work that could be managed far more efficiently via an automated approach.
Despite the clear advantages of automation, a PoliceOne survey found that nearly 80 percent of departments still rely on manual solutions to staff and deploy officers in emergency situations. And less than 30 percent of respondents reported using automated staffing and recall, despite the tangible benefits of doing so. Automation increases accountability in making sure everyone must abide by the same rules. It reduces the likelihood of sick-leave abuse, and enables busy supervisors to focus on more important tasks. For public safety agencies, automated staffing is an investment that will more than pay for itself in years to come.
Download this article for nine tips on switching from manual to automated staffing. Read two short case studies: Virginia’s Fairfax Country Fire & Rescue, which now uses automated staffing to assign 350 positions a day at 38 stations; and Las Vegas Detention Center, which reports easier adherence to government and union rules and regulations.