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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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2015 CALEA FALL CONFERENCE

200x137xgoldstandardsnew11.png.pagespeed.ic.pNqupOB2o3Law Enforcement professionals from across the nation will join the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) for their Fall Conference this week at the Hyatt Regency at Miami Convention Center, November 18, 2015 through November 21, 2015. CALEA’s Accreditation Programs are designed to improve public safety services in all aspects, including formalizing management procedures, establishing personnel practices, and increasing confidence in law enforcement agencies throughout their respective communities. The conference will feature workshops on a broad range of topics as well as exhibits from a variety of vendors and services.

 

From dictated field reports to recorded interviews, Net Transcripts provides the ideal transcription solution for law enforcement agencies. Contact us today to find out how our secure, accurate and fast service can help save time and decrease operational costs for your department.

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Dictation and Detail Improve the Written Report

An officer dictates his report.

An officer saves time by dictating his report rather than typing it.

It may be unpopular with officers, but the police report is one of law enforcement’s most powerful tools. Quality report writing is a critical skill and consistent feature of day-to-day operations. Everything an officer responds to must be crafted into a factual incident report that captures in detail the who, what, when, where, and how of the event. These accounts are invaluable in court and necessary for a prosecutors’ case, but preparing and typing reports for every incident can be time-consuming and tedious for officers pressed with other responsibilities.

Many departments have turned to digital dictation to allow staff to spend less time behind a computer and more time on the job. With single-speaker dictation transcription provided by Net Transcripts, an officer can speak reports and narratives directly into any recording device, upload the audio file, and receive a transcript of their report before the end of their shift. Net Transcripts’ new iOS mobile application allows reports and narratives to be recorded and uploaded for transcription directly from the user’s iPhone, equipping officers with a mobile tool to create incident reports with more efficiency and convenience.

Dictating reports may also solve problems with report writing that obstruct cases from processing smoothly. The San Francisco Police Department notes that in recent years, poorly written police reports caused the District Attorney’s Office to turn down a high volume of cases for prosecution. In a review of the reports, the department found the officers’ writing often lacked necessary descriptive information, and suffered from poor spelling, grammar, and sentence structure. Digital dictation offers the speaker a way to describe incidents naturally without focusing on written grammar, and may encourage more thorough explanation of events.

Another distinct advantage to dictation is the ability to prepare a report immediately after the incident while the information is still fresh in the officer’s mind. Reports can be dictated from virtually anywhere and completed before the end of a shift, saving valuable time.

To improve report content, law enforcement professionals suggest focusing on clarity and attention to detail when describing incidents. By expanding phrases such as “used physical force” into more detail, officers can better communicate the situation to prosecutors, judges, and jury. Active and retired officers feature articles online with additional advice for report writers, including methods for organization and providing objective information.

Dictating reports is also a valuable solution for investigators and detectives, who can increase leads and follow-up opportunities in the time usually spent typing reports following interviews or other events. Visit Net Transcripts for more information on transcription services for investigative and patrol dictation.

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Law Enforcement Looks to Google Glass Technology

Image courtesy of CopTrax from Stalker

Image courtesy of CopTrax from Stalker

Google Glass is making waves as one of the year’s most anticipated technologies. While the average “Explorer” – one of Google Glass’s approved early adopters – is interested in the eyewear’s features for use in daily life, some agencies have begun sizing up Google Glass as a tool for law enforcement and public safety. Notable testers include the New York Police Department, the nation’s largest police force, which just recently announced their evaluation of Google Glass for potential use in operations. Officers may soon be sporting the wearable technology to capture media in the field, identify suspects, call up information while on patrol, and more.

The unique technology gets its name from its key feature – a small prism of glass mounted to simplistic eyewear frames, which projects a display into your field of vision above your right eye. Touching or swiping a trackpad allows you to control the device physically, but many commands can be performed with voice recognition.

The hands-free interface of Google Glass opens up possibilities for useful applications in patrol and investigative duties, including dictating reports and capturing interviews. Net Transcripts’ capabilities allows these audio and video recordings to be received and processed into completed transcripts. Net Transcripts serves departments nationwide who have transitioned to digital dictation, effectively eliminating time spent on typing reports and freeing officers for more critical duties. Conducting interviews or recording dictations with Google Glass would give the wearer the additional convenience of virtually hands-free recording operation, allowing for increased officer awareness and safety.

While not yet on the market, Google Glass has already passed its first law enforcement field test. In late 2013, in-car video developer CopTrax joined with Georgia-based Byron Police Department to run the device through a series of police operations, including a traffic stop, arrest, and use of firearms. It outperformed existing body-worn video for clarity and the advantage of an eye-level video reviewing experience, and did not hinder officer’s view when driving and shooting service weapons. By integrating its existing software functionalities, CopTrax fitted the device with an application to receive message alerts and store location markers. The eyewear’s ability to stream video, coupled with CopTrax’s geographic metadata, can also send a live feed with the precise location of officer interactions back to headquarters for review or backup response.

Law enforcement officials have also envisioned Google Glass as a powerful identification tool. Facial recognition software would detect individuals and draw on a comprehensive database of criminal history to display a suspect’s identity and information in the officer’s field of vision. By holding a driver’s license in front of the device, officers could pull up information from the barcode and complete a citation using voice commands. Data overlays could also provide life-saving information to officers responding to emergencies, and GPS functionalities could offer immediate access to directions, floor plans, and other location data.

The retail version of Google Glass is expected to be released in 2014, and more police departments will then be able to purchase and test the technology for its positive potential as a law enforcement gadget.

EDIT 3/19/14: Follow the discussion in the Google Glass for Law Enforcement LinkedIn group.

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Net Transcripts Debuts ‘New and Improved’ Order Center

[Tempe, AZ] — Net Transcripts, Inc., the nation’s leader and innovator of web based transcription and translation services specifically for the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice markets, today announced the release of the latest update to the Company’s Web-based Order Center. Updates included with the latest release include a multi-level account/user management structure; simplified transcript ordering process; a bulk-uploading option available for sending dictated reports; a personalized user dashboard; advanced search functionality; online bill pay and more! These new features will empower Net Transcripts’ users, giving them more control and new tools to better manage outsourced transcription services.

About Net Transcripts

Net Transcripts is the nation’s leading provider of secure Web-based Transcription and Translation services for Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice agencies – Specialists in fast, accurate, secure and confidential transcription of multi-speaker interviews, interrogations and single-speaker dictated report narratives for all types of Criminal and Internal Affairs investigations and Patrol. Currently serving hundreds of local, State and Federal agencies nationwide, Net Transcripts has an impressive list of references that have come to trust the proven investigative efficiencies, operational improvements and significant budgetary savings – all without any upfront investment or commitments of any kind.

More information is available at www.nettranscripts.com

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Net Transcripts, Inc.
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School Cancelled in Washington Due to Good Weather

Well it looks like we will be in Washington for the WHIA Conference just in time to catch the tail end of the nice weather.  Although being based in Tempe AZ has its perks, as we do get our fair share of nice weather here as well.  Although I don’t think we cancel school for nice weather days, if we did, we probably would only have a 70 day school year.

This is Net Transcripts 3rd year sponsoring the Washington Homicide Investigators Association (WHIA) and we are excited to attend their 1st Annual Conference in Shelton, May 8th – 10th.

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How Do Computers Wreck a Nice Beach

It is a very complex processes for a computer to be able to recognize speech, essentially turning minimal changes in air pressure into language. Sometimes computers get it wrong, sometimes they get it right. This is the main reason why at Net Transcripts, all of our transcripts are typed by actual humans based domestically here in the United States.

Aside from our previous concerns of privacy and confidentiality, voice recognition still does not have a place in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Transcription. Especially in some cases when that transcript can be someone’s only voice in a trial.  We take our quality and accuracy very seriously having one of the best in the industry (98.8%). We realize and understand the importance of an accurate transcript when going to trial.

Following is a very interesting read from Mental Floss on all the processes involved in for a computer to understand speech.  It is no wonder with all these steps how there is potential for error.

Mental Floss via Gizmodo

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Beware of Dictation Applications

Apple’s new iPad is great, as long as you don’t drop it.  Sure it may run a little warmer than normal, but that’s a small price to pay for all the new features.  One of those new features is a dictation button.  Sure, it sounds like good idea, I mean the advantages of dictating over typing are obvious, but has anyone read the fine print on this?  Well it is pretty vague to say the least, but it looks like pretty much all your dictations, or anything said through this app, is basically owned by Apple.  The worst part is that Apple doesn’t exactly say what they plan to do with it.

Well the guys over at ZDnet go over this in more detail.  We seriously doubt that Apple will use your dictations against you.  It is important to remember though, especially if you work in a sensitive environment i.e. law enforcement, that Apple will keep and store your dictations on its servers, and once there on Apples servers they pretty much belong to them.

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