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June 2017 Conferences – FIAIA and TCDLA

Join us this week in Clearwater Beach, FL, and San Antonio, TX, where we’ll be attending the annual conferences for the Florida Internal Affairs Investigators Association (FIAIA) and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA).

The Florida Internal Affairs Investigators Association (FIAIA) has developed uniform professional standards, provided training to stimulate professional growth and development, created a forum for discussion of common internal problems, and much, much more. If you are interesting in more information about FIAIA and this year’s conference, please visit their website.

A bit to the west, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) is celebrating their 30th year with the Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course. Throughout the week, there are four different planned “tracks” which will discuss issues ranging from “Social Media in the Courtroom” to “Cross Examination of a Child.” The TCDLA aims to “protect and ensure by rule of law those individual rights guaranteed by the Texas and Federal Constitutions in criminal cases.” If you are interested in learning more about the TCDLA, please visit their website.

For those involved in the law enforcement and criminal justice efforts similar to the FIAIA and TCDLA, Net Transcripts is the ideal solution for fast, secure, and confidential transcription and/or translation of recorded interviews, phone calls, text messages and more. If you are interested in more information about  Net Transcripts’ services, feel free to contact us.

If you’re in San Antonio or Clearwater Beach, please feel free to stop by our booths this week and say hello!

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GROWING ETHNIC POPULATIONS PRESENT COMMUNICATION CHALLENGES FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

Recent turmoil across the globe has led to an increasing migrant population in the United States. The Obama administration is planning to relocate 10,000 people from Syria alone in the next year, which some local government officials see as a potential societal and economic boon. While there has been some pushback from several groups of concerned citizens throughout the country, the general consensus is that an increasing number of refugees will be starting new lives in American cities both small and large.

Refugee women learning English

Refugee women learning English as part of employment readiness training run by the International Rescue Committee in Tucson, Arizona. Photo courtesy of Peter Biro/IRC.

New residents often equate to new challenges for law enforcement, as a recent report from the Center for Immigration Studies indicates that 21 percent of U.S. residents speak a foreign language at home. The largest percentage increases from 2010 to 2014 were among speakers of Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Chinese, Hmong, Gujarati and Persian. Speakers of Spanish and Tagalog also had large numerical increases during this time period. Meanwhile, sanctuary cities across the nation refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials in turning over immigrants who are in the country illegally, even as a recent report by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement found that 58 percent of illegal immigrants still at large between January and September of 2014 had prior felonies or violent misdemeanors.

 

With our vast network of resources for virtually any language, Net Transcripts is a proven solution for law enforcement agencies requiring transcription and translation of foreign language recordings and other communications obtained throughout the course of investigations. We can also translate any public notices, announcements or other written documents from English into a variety of languages in order to improve communication between public safety officials and emerging ethnic communities. Contact Net Transcripts today to learn more about the various translation and transcription services we provide.

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2015 Washington Homicide Investigators Association Conference & Expo

Washington Homicide Investigators AssociationHomicide investigators, analysts, prosecutors and other law enforcement professionals from the state of Washington and regions of the Pacific Northwest have joined the Washington Homicide Investigators Association (WHIA) in Shelton, WA for the organization’s Annual Conference and Vendor Expo, May 13 – 15, 2015. The annual event – now in its third year – sets itself apart by replacing instructional lecture with high-profile and varied case studies, led by the investigators and prosecutors involved with the cases. The schedule for 2015 draws on “lessons learned” from prominent homicide investigations in Oregon, Tacoma, Seattle, Massachusetts and Canadian provincial capital Regina. The three-day series of presentations is complemented with a vendor expo or relevant products and services, as well as evening networking opportunities.

Net Transcripts serves homicide investigations across the nation with fast, accurate and confidential transcription of high-profile recordings obtained from the interview room, wire taps, jail calls, and more. Our services expedite the investigative process and help turn recordings into evidence to prosecute criminals in court. Send us an info request to learn more about how our services can benefit your department.

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Net Transcripts Featured in Evidence Technology Magazine

Net Transcripts ServicesFor criminal investigators, Net Transcripts offers a solution to turn audio into evidence.

Evidence Technology Magazine highlights Net Transcripts as tool for interview transcription in the latest issue’s ToolKit Column, available to view here on page 4.

As specialists in law enforcement transcription, Net Transcripts encounters a large volume of investigative recordings or audio captured during interviews. These types of multi-speaker recordings are inherently more challenging to transcribe as they may include uncooperative or emotional people, individuals under the influence of drugs or alcohol, excessive background noise, crosstalk, muffled audio, unidentified speakers, gang and street slang, and other nuances. Our experienced typists excel in producing a quality transcript, even from the most difficult audio.

Learn more about transcription for investigative recordings here.  

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Peace Officers Memorial Day Honors Sacrifice of Fallen Officers

Remembering slain officers in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of Ted Eytan.

Remembering slain officers in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of Ted Eytan.

Today, flags fly at half-staff and thousands gather in Washington, DC to honor the memories of police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The 33rd year of the Memorial Services falls on the Thursday of National Police Week, which concludes on May 17th.

“Just as police officers never let down their guard, we must never let slide our gratitude,” President Obama stated in a White House Press Release. “We should extend our thanks not only in times of tragedy, but for every tragedy averted — every accident avoided because a patrol officer took a drunk driver off the streets, every child made safer because a criminal was brought to justice, every life saved because police officers raced to the scene. In other words, we must show our gratitude every day.”

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, there have been 42 Line of Duty Deaths in 2014, including Detective John Hobbs of the Phoenix Police Department in early March. Our deepest sympathies go out to the families, friends and coworkers of these men and all other peace officers who have lost their lives.

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DUI Blood Test Warrants Crucial for Enforcement of “No Refusal Zones”

New policies won’t allow drunk drivers to refuse blood alcohol testing. Image courtesy of Josh Hallett @ www.flickr.com/photos/hyku.

New policies won’t allow drunk drivers to refuse blood alcohol testing. Image courtesy of Josh Hallett .

A suspected drunk driver may be able to refuse a breathalyzer test, but officers in an increasing number of cities adopting “No Refusal” initiatives are now seeking warrants for blood draws to determine a suspect’s blood alcohol content. In instances where a breath test is refused by the driver, officers can immediately apply to a judge for a DWI/DUI search warrant via telephone or other electronic communication, allowing blood tests to be performed quickly to reflect accurate alcohol levels at the time of the arrest.

The conviction of impaired drivers during expanding “No Refusal” efforts is streamlined by electronic warrant acquisition, a process that can take around 90 minutes, according to case studies. Net Transcripts’ services offer transcription of these audio search warrants for agency files, court records, and investigations. Transcripts will be promptly returned in a few hours, so officers can meet deadlines to present the document to a judge or magistrate for certification.

A 2013 Supreme Court ruling mandated that law enforcement officials are required to obtain such warrants for DWI blood tests. The decision followed a Missouri case in early January 2013, when previously convicted drunk-driving suspect McNeely refused both a breath and blood test and was taken without warrant or consent to a hospital for a blood draw by the arresting officer. The Court affirmed the warrantless test was a violation of Fourth Amendment rights, and that normal dissipation of blood alcohol levels did not constitute as a threat to destruction of evidence.

For law enforcement officials, obtaining warrants has not hindered efforts to convict impaired drivers. The city of St. Louis entered the New Year as a “No Refusal Zone,” where drivers known to turn down breath tests – about 50% of each month’s 20 to 25 drunk driving-related arrests – will now be compelled to provide blood samples if they refuse to use a breathalyzer, allowing officers to collect evidence valuable to a DWI conviction. Other agencies have expanded the initiative to day-to-day enforcement, and many departments conduct “No Refusal” holidays and weekends in Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Texas and Utah, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In South Dakota, the statewide “No Refusal” initiative has recently been under fire from defense lawyers. The state’s existing laws do not require a warrant for DUI blood draws, and law enforcement may acquire blood tests with warrant or consent, contrary to the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in McNeely v. Missouri. The issue has been petitioned to the South Dakota Supreme Court.

Individuals faced with DWI convictions in the future may be responsible for costs related to their bloodwork. Officials in Harris County, Texas have voiced interest in charging the costs of blood tests to DWI offenders, a component of restitution that will help agencies and counties cover the expenses. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences laboratory spent around $358,000 to process cases in 2012, including 2,000 DWI cases, and received only $1,000 in restitution for blood draw expenses.

With potential for reimbursement of blood tests and technologic improvements to expedite the process of obtaining a warrant, more agencies may join the trend toward a “No Refusal” nation.

Click here to view a sample affidavit that officers compile to apply for a search warrant, provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more information on obtaining transcripts of telephonic search warrants, please visit Net Transcripts’ website.

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