Technology, training help police communicate, serve the publicwebmaster February 5, 2020 0 COMMENTS
By Gail M. Williams
Muleshoe Journal Correspondent
The Muleshoe Police Department has been undergoing training and making transitions to programs that will allow them great accessibility to information so that they can better serve the public.
“We just transitioned to FirstNet through AT&T,” McHone said. “It enhances communications and increases interoperability with state, county and local authorities.”
He added that although Muleshoe is a relatively small department, as many as 15,000 cars a day can come through the community.
“FirstNet offers cutting edge communications and decreases the number of dropped calls,” McHone said. “Duty phones and I-Pads issued to each of the officers can be used as a hotspot.”
While the system has not been in place long enough for a cost estimate, McHone expects the city will eventually save money on the system.
More information is available at https://www.firtnet.com.
The police department is also making friends with technology through the RAVE alert program. RAVE integrates with the National Weather Service and local emergency systems to notify the city and county quickly in case of a weather event or other type of emergency.
“We’re still in the implementation stages of the RAVE alert program,” McHone said.
With the addition of Jon Page, Animal Control and Code Compliance officer, about three weeks ago, the Muleshoe Police Department is now fully staffed. Officers recently underwent TASER recertification training.
“Every couple of years, officers go through defensive tactics training,” McHone said. “Officers recently underwent FATS (Firearms Training Simulator) training with the University Police Department at West Texas A&M.”
During the training, officers go through more than 50 scenarios, covering everything from burglary to active shooter situations.
“The officers learn to engage with whatever level of force is needed,” McHone said. “They attended a classroom lecture, going through the nomenclature and practical use of the TASER.”
McHone reminded the public to be on the lookout for the next UNIDOS meeting.
UNIDOS is a Hispanic community outreach program designed to provide assistance to Spanish-speaking residents in Muleshoe. Meetings are conducted entirely in Spanish and are hosted by the Muleshoe Police Department. The intent of the program is to act as a resource center for Spanish-speaking residents, to present information and provide assistance in areas of importance to the Hispanic community.
For more information, check out the department’s Facebook page, or call 272-4569.