2017 5th Annual WHIA Conference

We’re pleased to announce we are attending this year’s annual WHIA conference in Suquamish, Washington. The conference runs from May 9th-12th, 2017, and is open to homicide investigators, responders, and prosecutors. The conference features many speakers from agencies around the country and keynote subjects, including the San Bernardino Inland Regional Center terrorist attack, the Heather Kelso and Kaden Lum murders, and the Nicole White Homicide case. For five years, the annual WHIA conference has aimed to let industry professionals learn from one another, and to “act as a common voice to speak for those victims who cannot speak for themselves.”

Net Transcripts is the ideal solution for homicide investigators in search of a fast, secure, and confidential method to transcribe recorded interviews, phone calls, body-worn videos, and more. Contact us to schedule a free trial and experience the quality and accuracy of outsourcing to Net Transcripts.

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2017 CHIA Conference

Join us this week at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas for the California Homicide Investigators Association‘s annual conference.

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The mission of the California Homicide Investigators Association (CHIA) is to provide investigative support, training and networking opportunities to homicide investigators, prosecutors and death investigation professionals throughout the Western United States.

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Helpful Hints for Recording Interviews & Dictating Reports

Net Transcripts is the leading provider of confidential transcription and translation services for law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. While we pride ourselves on our 98.8% Accuracy Guarantee, high quality recordings that are clearly audible will always result in more accurate transcripts. With this in mind, our team has assembled the following list of tips and tricks for producing the best possible recordings for transcription.

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An officer dictates his report.

Microphone Placement

Whether your recording takes place in an interrogation room or in the field, your device will be capturing audio through a microphone. For dictated reports with only one party speaking, best practice is to keep the microphone between six and twelve inches from your mouth in order to produce clear audio without distortion.

For interviews and other recordings with multiple parties involved, you might be tempted to move your device back and forth as each party speaks; however, this can create unintentional noise and variations in volume which can make participants difficult to understand. Instead, try to hold the recorder very steady throughout the interview or place it on a stable surface, preferably at an equidistant point from each person. Interview rooms are often equipped with built-in recording devices, but they may not always be situated in the best locations – often concealed in the walls or ceiling. Try and utilize a secondary recorder if possible, placing it as described above. These techniques will help keep input volumes consistent and will result in a more accurate transcription of your recording.

Background Noise

Throughout the course of an investigation, it is very common for law enforcement interviews to be conducted outdoors. Unfortunately, this often leads to unavoidable background noise which can hinder the clarity of your recordings. To minimize this effect, try to utilize natural barriers to block noise as much as possible. For example, if traffic noise is a concern, position your subject with their back toward the street, and keep your recording device directly in front of them so that their body blocks some of the noise from being picked up by the microphone.

Even in a controlled, indoor environment, extraneous noise can still impact the audibility of a recording. Be aware of your surroundings, including air conditioning units, blowing vents, refrigerators, radios and televisions. Try to avoid shuffling papers and dragging objects like chairs or tables, as the sound from these sources will make your recordings more difficult to understand clearly. Whenever possible, keep doors and windows closed, and try to limit access to your recording space in order to avoid interruptions.

Crosstalk & Rapid Speech

When multiple parties are speaking simultaneously, it can be difficult to discern what any one person is saying. Try to refrain from talking over your subjects, and if you can, restrict your interviews to one party at a time in order to cut down on crosstalk and unintelligible speech.

Dictated reports can be greatly improved if you speak clearly and annunciate. When you fly through your words, your tongue and lips can’t keep up with your mind, so you drop important vowels and consonants, causing your listeners to miss your meaning. Speak in a loud, clear voice, and take your time with each sentence rather than thinking about what’s coming next.

Troubleshooting Equipment

Be sure to check the battery in your recording device before you get started to prevent the loss of vital recordings. Test new devices and familiarize yourself with the controls before deploying them in the field. Your department’s IT staff can be a valuable resource for preventing potential issues before they occur.

If you’re looking for a recording solution that won’t break your budget, Net Transcripts offers a Dial-in Dictation Line as well as our Mobile App for iPhone and Android devices, both at no additional cost to our customers. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of outsourcing with Net Transcripts.

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Texas District & County Attorneys Association

Join us at the TDCAA Elected Officials Annual Conference Nov 30 – Dec 2 in Montgomery, Texas.

Located at the lovely and remote La Torretta Lake Resort in Montgomery, Texas, this seminar promises to cover many topics relevant and important to Texas prosecutors. Learn about how the profession has evolved, the merits of community policing, what resources are available to help your office, how to spend discretionary funds, and the state of the DPS crime lab. There will also be forums for both county attorneys and district attorneys where you can ask questions of an expert panel to get their good counsel.

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PATC 24th Western States Training Conference

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Law enforcement professionals and public safety personnel will join the Public Agency Training Council for the 24th Western States Training Conference, November 28 – December 2 and December 5 – 9, 2016 at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. PATC is the largest privately held law enforcement training company in the nation, offering a curriculum of over one hundred topics of academy quality training programs throughout the United States. Course topics for the December conference include legal and liability issues in schools, hostage negotiations and crisis intervention, court security and more.

As the industry leader in confidential transcription and translation services, Net Transcripts is the trusted choice for government agencies across the country. Our highly qualified typists will transform your audio and video recordings into expertly crafted transcripts, backed by our 98.8% Accuracy Guarantee. Want to learn more? Contact us today and ask about a FREE TRIAL of our services to experience the benefits of outsourcing to Net Transcripts.

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2016 28th Annual NHIA Conference

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Homicide investigators, prosecutors, forensic technicians, federal agents, military police and death investigation professionals will join the National Homicide Investigators Association this week for the 28th Annual NHIA Conference, November 14-18 at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. The conference will include reviews of high profile cases as well as training and networking opportunities for attendees.

Net Transcripts is the ideal solution for homicide investigators in search of a fast, secure and confidential way to transcribe recorded interviews, phone calls, body-worn videos and more. Contact us to schedule a free trial and experience the quality and accuracy of outsourcing to Net Transcripts.

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12th Annual IAPro and BlueTeam Users Conference

 

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Public safety personnel from Professional Standards, investigative and criminal intelligence units are attending the 12th Annual IAPro and BlueTeam Users Conference this week, October 18-20 at the Monte Carlo Resort Hotel in Las Vegas. IAPro is the leading Internal Affairs/Professional Standards software used by law enforcement agencies across the USA, Canada and Australia. The conference includes sessions supporting advanced usage of IAPro and BlueTeam, customer feedback and Q&A sessions, networking opportunities and more.

Transcription of interviews and statements for Internal Affairs investigations can be extremely sensitive, requiring the utmost attention to accuracy, confidentiality and chain-of-custody. As a longtime alliance partner of IAPro, Net Transcripts is the top provider of secure, accurate transcription for law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. Our customers find comfort in having their sensitive material securely transcribed outside of the department and the local community, thereby removing any potential conflict of interest. Sign up today to experience the many benefits of utilizing Net Transcripts.

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OHIA 2016 Major Crimes Conference

ohi-logoLaw enforcement personnel and death investigation professionals from the Pacific Northwest will join the Oregon Homicide Investigators Association this week for the 2016 Major Crimes Conference, September 27-29 at The Riverhouse on the Deschutes in Bend, Oregon. In addition to vendors and social events, the conference will feature case study based presentations on topics including the death of a K-9 partner, solving a cold case, murder for hire and more.

Homicide investigators from Oregon and all throughout the United States rely on the accurate, secure and confidential services provided by Net Transcripts. Our expert typists produce verbatim transcriptions of interviews and phone calls, as well as dictated reports, case notes, summaries and supplements. We also transcribe and translate foreign language recordings into English, including Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic and virtually any other language. Contact us today to find out how Net Transcripts can help your agency to save valuable time and resources by outsourcing your transcription and translation needs.

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2016 CDAIA Training Conference

cdaia-logoDistrict Attorney Investigators, peace officers, prosecutors and other district attorney personnel will join the California District Attorney Investigator’s Association this week for the 2016 CDAIA Training Conference, September 20-22 at the Allegretto Resort by Ayres in Paso Robles. Topics to be discussed include improved investigative techniques for homicide investigations, outlaw motorcycle gangs, infiltrating the mafia and more.

When it comes to transcribing interviews and statements to be utilized in criminal proceedings, Net Transcripts is the top choice for criminal justice professionals throughout California, as well as hundreds of agencies nationwide. District attorneys and their investigators trust us to uphold our 98.8% Accuracy Guarantee, turning recorded audio and video into actionable evidence and allowing investigative personnel to focus on the crucial tasks that lead to a conviction. Contact Net Transcripts today to learn more about increasing investigative efficiency for your agency by leaving the typing to us.

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BODY-WORN VIDEO: ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Police and law enforcement oversight in the modern era is an increasingly complex and popular topic, with all signs pointing toward the widespread adoption of body-worn cameras for officers and other personnel who regularly make contact with the public. A recent poll shows that 76% of Millennials in the United States support mandatory body-worn cameras for police officers. Meanwhile, this technology continues to gain popularity throughout the public sector, including administrators at a school district in Virginia who are set to begin recording interactions with students.

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The benefits of body-worn video include more plea deals and less court time, a reduction in citizen complaints and allegations of misconduct, and increased accountability for both officers and subjects of investigations. However, there are many challenges inherent in adopting new technologies, such as financial concerns surrounding purchasing agreements with vendors, as well as costs associated with data storage and equipment maintenance. Despite the popularity of these programs nationwide, many citizens also have concerns about the implementation of policies and procedures regarding when and how recordings are captured, and the degree of control officers have over these devices.

Another major consideration for agencies utilizing body-worn cameras is the question of access to recordings; in other words, who gets to see the footage, and when? Some city and state governments have made these recordings public almost immediately, while others have exempted body-camera footage from public records requests. Several states have begun passing laws regulating the release of body camera videos, although many officials question whether legislation on such matters is even necessary, citing the desire of different agencies to forge their own policies and guidelines to meet their individual needs. Ultimately, decisions on when and how to release these videos will have to balance the need to comply with public records requests while simultaneously protecting sensitive information, such as the identities of adult and child victims, witnesses, and other parties present during police contact.

Agencies looking to solve problems related to data storage and the release of videos can turn to transcription as a viable solution. Net Transcripts is the leading provider of confidential transcription and translation services to law enforcement and criminal justice agencies throughout the nation. Our professional typists will accurately transcribe body-worn video recordings, producing valuable evidence which can be easily redacted to protect sensitive information while satisfying the need for disclosure. We can also translate any foreign languages spoken in a recording, providing valuable context to the events captured by a body-worn camera or other recording device. Please contact a representative for more information regarding the quality, security, and user-friendliness of the services provided by Net Transcripts.

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