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Speech Recognition and Law Enforcement Today

Speech recognition technology has gone a long way in increasing the overall efficiency of the various police and sheriff departments all over the country, and this has led to more cops on the streets who can make them safer, than ever before.

Police personnel in law enforcement agencies, ranging from the average beat cop all the way to the ‘super sleuths’ of the law enforcement sector, are widely regarded to be amongst the most elite members of those communities that they always try to help ‘defend and protect’ from various crime and any other harm. This is primarily due to the fact that they have the basic responsibility for the overall safety and security of the various individuals who live in the precincts that essentially fall in their jurisdiction.

But here a point to be noted is that, this is but one a mere part of the whole picture, since most police work does not always include the (by now ubiquitous) mid-night raid in the lairs of the people who follow a life of ‘vice and crime’. On the contrary, most of the average police offer’s work load consists of paper work as well as other documentation of the different crimes and other issues (ranging from accidents to lost pets) that collectively form part and parcel of their day to day routine.

After all, no cop is allowed to just randomly arrest someone without having any ‘just cause’ to do so. And this is why in order to prove the same, he has to go through a whole lot of paperwork, to say the least.

In other words, there is a very large amount of paperwork that is required so as to make sure that the arrest is truly legitimate. Which means that cops spend far more time in making tedious reports and going through all the red tape, than doing what they really should, and that is to be out on the streets, making them safe for the common man.

Apart from that, many otherwise highly overworked police officers can easily make mistakes even while preparing different documents, and since such paper work is directly responsible for any convictions in the court of law, it is imperative that they be absolutely free from errors.

This is the part where speech recognition technology and software come into the picture. Before the invention of various speech recognition devices as well as their widespread adaptation, many county sheriff and even police departments generally required their various staff members as well as beat officers to laboriously write and type the files themselves. And they had to do the needful in each and every aspect of the case. However, switching to voice recognition technology has meant that all of that extra time has been saved and now they can spend that spare time fighting crime in the streets. All of this is possible only with the help of speech recognition technology and its implementation in the law enforcement sector.