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6 Key Findings of Incident Reporting

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 -- 11:00 AM PT/2:00 PM ET

An exceeding number of police departments and law enforcement agencies, whose officers spend upwards of 3-4 hours a day completing incident reports and other time-sensitive paperwork*, are turning to smarter tools, such as speech recognition solutions, to help transform their police reporting workflows.

Join us on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM ET to hear why these law enforcement professionals are embracing smarter tools to complete higher-quality reports and move mission-critical information within the CAD/RMS faster and more efficiently – all by voice.

This discussion will provide you with an understanding of:

  • What law enforcement has to say about current reporting processes
  • Why officers, especially recruits, want smarter tools to help with police paperwork
  • Why manual reporting has a negative impact on report accuracy and productivity and can hinder criminal proceedings
  • How departments can speed up data entry within the CAD/RMs and move mission-critical information more accurately and efficiently
  • How speech recognition technology can help increase officer safety and improve situational awareness and productivity on patrol
  • Why embracing smarter technology increases community visibility, and minimizes costs

Learn how your department can make incident reporting faster, safer and more complete by registering for our webinar today.

*Role of Technology in Law Enforcement Paperwork Survey 


Eric La Scola, Product Marketing Manager, Dragon, Nuance

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Demystifying the Convergence of LTE and LMR Networks for First Responders

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Originally aired: Thursday, December 6, 2018 -- 11:00 AM PT/2:00 PM ET

Narrowband Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks and user radio equipment have been the cornerstone of mobile communications for First Responders for decades. The trend from traditional analog to more robust wireless broadband networks in recent years has improved the overall accessibility but questions remain on whether the new networks can provide all the required capabilities First Responders need to do their job.

Increasing demand for bandwidth intensive applications such as video, advanced mapping and analytics, alongside critical voice communications has been driving adoption of broadband LTE cellular networks, such as FirstNet.

Join our panel of industry experts for this insightful 60-minute on-demand webinar as they discuss the critical differences between LMR networks and LTE networking, how these technologies can successfully co-exist, and explore the future of critical communications for First Responders.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Current and future industry trends for LTE and LMR technologies
  • Challenges and obstacles with the convergence of technologies
  • Real-life examples of successful hybrid communication strategies for First Responders
  • Recommendations for future proofing your agency; adoption of new technologies and how to bridge the gap


Tony Morris, VP North American Sales, Enterprise Solutions, Sierra Wireless

Jesus Gonzalez, Analyst II, Critical Communications, IHS Markit

Ken Rehbehn, Principal Analyst, Critical Communications Insights

Andrew Seybold, Senior Partner, Andrew Seybold Inc.

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DNA: Evolving Technology

DNA technology continues to move ahead.

February 01, 2003  |  by POLICE Staff

DNA testing is a complicated thing. But it's nowhere near as complicated as it used to be. Back in the earliest days of the technology in the late 1980s, DNA scientists would manually collect a sample from a molecule, then divide that sample into segments. These segments would be treated with enzymes then arranged by size and marked with probes before being exposed on X-ray film. When two samples matched, the likelihood was that they came from the same source.

The X-ray film DNA matching technique is known as Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (RFLP), and it was both labor intensive and time consuming, with testing procedures taking upwards of 12 weeks. It was also quite expensive.

Today, robotics and computerized Short Tandem Repeat (STR) technology have replaced much of the hands-on work in DNA testing to a point where complete testing may be done inexpensively and within a matter of days. The black bars that once characterized the "DNA signature" have been replaced by charts that more closely resemble EKG graphs, with their spiking peaks and valleys.

The Straw Man

Officers may only be limited by their imagination in their ability to exploit DNA-testing. For example, to capture a serial rapist, investigators with the Brea (Calif.) Police Department invited their prime suspect out to lunch.

What their "date" didn't know was that the people waiting on them in Taco Bell uniforms were actually officers. At one point, the suspect asked to have his drink refilled. The "employees" were only too happy to oblige, as they were able to retain his used straw for DNA testing while replacing it with another.

Although the defense predictably moved for suppression of the evidence, the court ruled in the prosecution's favor, noting that disposables such as straws are almost always discarded by their users.

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