Vector Solutions, a leading provider of technology solutions to help train, prepare, and retain public safety professionals, announced the launch of AgencyConnect, a data-sharing solution connecting local departments' training management systems to those used by state certifying authorities and training academies. AgencyConnect establishes a single repository for first responder preparedness and documentation, allowing them to focus on more important tasks like preparedness initiatives.
“Until now, there has been no inherent connection between the systems that state standards and training/certifying bodies use and the software and paper processes being utilized by local personnel to manually submit training records to maintain their certifications,” Vector Solutions says. “For too long, first responders and state authorities have been challenged with fragmented systems, with training and certification records distributed across academies, local departments, and state regulatory agencies—and in many cases in paper files locked away in an office. When the time comes to track down the information needed, the files are extremely difficult to access, resulting in wasted time. Once the information is obtained, it must be submitted via multiple and varying systems to maintain compliance, making an already long process more time-consuming and taking time away from focusing on preparedness initiatives,” the company says.
“Assurance that our first responders are trained and qualified for the critical role they play in public safety impacts us all,” says Jonathan Cherins, CEO of Vector Solutions. “Yet, the disconnected, cumbersome, and time-consuming processes currently in place to track and report all their training and certifications is outdated.”
AgencyConnect provides a real-time, single repository across state agencies, academies, and local departments. It enables state training authorities to automatically collect and verify hundreds of thousands of records submitted annually from agencies across the state.
According to the company, some of the benefits departments will see using AgencyConnect include:
- Reduced time-intensive, manual processes that inhibit training reviews
- Simplified training reporting to reduce the risk of out-of-compliance first responders
- Better preparedness insight from comprehensive certification, renewal, and training information
The Missouri Division of Fire Safety, Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), New Mexico Firefighters Training Academy, and The Georgia Firefighters Standards and Training Council are AgencyConnect founding partners, enabling a process for local agencies across their states to access, track, and report their first responder training—including automated training submissions. The decision to integrate this Vector Solutions tool exemplifies their commitment to modernizing and improving training and certification management for their respective departments across Missouri, Utah, New Mexico, and Georgia.
“In response to the demand for increased accountability and enhanced training within the law enforcement profession, there is a strong desire for local agency solutions that streamline officer training and automate reporting," says John Jacobs, Utah POST training manager. “We require innovative technological solutions to enhance our efficiency, and Vector Solutions is stepping up to meet that demand.”
To learn more about AgencyConnect and other fire and law enforcement solutions including training management software and online training from Vector Solutions, click here.
About Vector Solutions for Law Enforcement
Vector Solutions for Law Enforcement is an industry leader in operational readiness technology that enables law enforcement departments, academies, and POST organizations to meet their demanding training, compliance, and preparedness objectives. The Vector Solutions public safety suite of products includes software for training management, policy distribution, personnel scheduling, equipment management, and early intervention. Its accredited online course library includes IADLEST NCP-certified courses approved for POST annual training requirements. Trusted by 10,000 public safety agencies and 2 million first responders, Vector’s purpose-built technology covers the full lifecycle of personnel management, from hire-to-retire, because readiness saves lives. For more information about Vector Solutions for Law Enforcement, go to https://www.vectorsolutions.com/industries/public-safety/law-enforcement/