For officer safety reasons it is generally not a good idea to
dispatch units without voice communication. Officers may be out of their
car and away from the MDC. Likewise, using a digital dispatch does not
necessarily notify surrounding units as to what is going on, unless they happen
to be viewing the Status Monitor page of
the MDC Workstation. On the
other hand, using a digital dispatch defeats the media and others who may be
using a scanner to monitor call activity. Sometimes the voice confirmation
is nothing more than something like, "UNIT 1009 TO HANDLE EVENT 1".
Now everyone's attention is drawn to the fact that a particular unit is
responding to handle a call without disclosing the exact details of the call and
other field officers can utilize their MDC to get those call details if desired.
When and how you use digital dispatching will be a matter of your department
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