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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 


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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.

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  • 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


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Columns : In My Sights

Posts for Public Consumption?

Be careful what you post online; your friends aren't the only ones who could be viewing your photos and comments.

September 09, 2014  |  by Dave Smith - Also by this author

Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship
Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship

A few years ago I was quietly sitting in the den watching a football game and checking the time on the turkey cooking in the oven when I heard my kids and my wife, the Sarge, laughing in the other room. We were together for the holidays and at first I thought it was the innocent laughter of seasonal cheer and a few beers; I was wrong. Shortly after that uproar I was commanded to view their handiwork, a new Facebook page devoted to my alter ego, J.D. "Buck" Savage.

I had to admit that it was well done and we posted a couple of law enforcement-oriented things and went about making the rest of the day a turkey-filled football party. I didn't give the project a moment's thought; after all, how much work could one simple Facebook page be?

Well, it turns out maintaining a fan page with thousands of "Likes" in a profession like crime fighting can become quite a project. It is fun to see the reaction to a new article, or a photo at a seminar, or a funny post such as the one of the K-9 sitting in a patrol car with the caption "Saw bad guy, bit same!" But does the public find it funny?

We like to think our social media posts are our little inside jokes, and that the public doesn't get a say. But more and more, after a critical incident the news media (cue the Darth Vader music from "Star Wars") immediately races to scour the various forms of communication we have used to expose our deepest thoughts. A couple of years ago I closed an otherwise positive conference on police uses of social media with a section I called "You bet your badge," where I showed various postings on Twitter and Facebook that contained job-threatening sayings, quotes, and pictures. Sadly, some were right off of my own sites.

Go to my Facebook page and you will see pictures of me with some crime fighters in Winnemucca, or my dog sleeping as I ramble on at a corrections conference in South Dakota, or the Sarge and me quaffing a brew after a Wisconsin talk. You will also see sad postings about the fallen and positive postings, and I like to celebrate a "Not Today!" moment when a warrior wins a battle against an evildoer. There's no fair and balanced here; I am unabashedly pro-police.

But what you will also find there if you read people's comments is that some of my friends have absolutely no filter on what they are willing to share with the world. I have good amigos who think every thought they have should be shared, and the day they win a gunfight I pray the media doesn't look them up and find their online comments.

It's OK to comment on things you are concerned about and to share a fun social moment. But, gang, think before you post. If you shot somebody tomorrow, how would the post you put up today about wishing they issued tags for "dirt bags" read in the mind of Miss Mary Poppins sitting at her breakfast table?

If your last 20 posts are pictures of you with some form of intoxicating beverage or acting the fool in uniform, what could Anderson Cooper do with that? "But, but," you say, "this is just a fun form of communicating with each other." Yes, it is, but the media loves to play the "gotcha" game, and social media has become a solid resource for negative material.

After a shooting the media won't report your positive postings about the Special Olympics Torch Run, or the charity football game against the firefighters, or the joy you felt when your CPR worked and that little drowning victim coughed water in your face, splashing away your tears. But the graphic you posted on your page that you thought was funny, with the caption, "Kill 'em all, let God sort 'em out!" will be on the front page of the paper and in the first column on the Drudge Report.

So friends, here is the bottom line: Before you post that picture, that funny saying, that comment, think about how the public will perceive it. We like to think we are a close community and we can talk amongst ourselves online, but social media is not like any form of communication we have ever known. And it provides us with just one more way to play that terrible game, You Bet Your Badge!

Dave Smith is an internationally recognized law enforcement trainer and is the creator of "JD Bu ck Savage." You can follow Buck on Twitter at @thebucksavage.

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132&Bush @ 9/13/2014 9:20 PM

Same sort of advice if you want to do reenacting as a hobby don't do Confederate or Nazi. You will never be able to explain those pictures. Trust me.

Mac Anderson @ 9/20/2014 7:35 AM

Dave Smith is one of my favorite "instructors". His Please "Like!" article is not only timely, but right on target. While the rest of the world celebrates success with high fives and back slapping, we should remember to exercise restraint in public view. An old Sgt. of mine liked to say "doing a good job and wetting your (dark blue uniform) pants are alike...they both give you a nice warm feeling, but nobody seems to notice". Remember to always be safe, and save the celebration for "choir practice".

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