A couple of years ago, the Lincoln Police Department acquired a software product, PowerDMS, in order to more effectively manage the documents associated with the accreditation process of the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. In the implementation process, however, we also discovered that PowerDMS was an excellent platform for managing the distribution of written directives, when you need to have a record that the directive was received and reviewed by each individual employee.
Pleased with this functionality, both the Emergency Communications Center and Lincoln Fire & Rescue subsequently adopted PowerDMS. Another great use for PowerDMS has been certain types of training. Yesterday, I took three short courses, after I received an email notifying me that they were pending in my inbox: one on equal employment opportunity, a second on motor vehicle pursuits, and a third on the safe use of tire deflation devices. Two of these consisted of PowerPoint presentations, the third was a video.
All three of these training courses were refreshers I could complete on my own schedule and at my own pace. There is now a record of my participation, and if anyone needed to do so, they could review the amount of time I spent in each session. There can also be a quiz associated with a training course. While this kind of training doesn't take the place of the classroom or the field exercise, it is an excellent delivery mechanism for the type of material in these sessions, and perfect for this process.