There is no doubt that police technology has revolutionized the face of law enforcement. It gives police officers the ability to concentrate on controlling crime. This is made possible by the use of video technology, automated license plate readers, facial recognition software, and speech recognition software.
The Need For Technology
Most people think of law enforcement as an extremely glamorous occupation, with cops engaging in thrilling car chases with flashing lights and sirens. However, the actual reality of police work is somewhat less glamorous. It is concerned with hours of tedious paperwork. Ultimately, peace officers cannot arrest people and deprive them of their liberty without any just reason. This is why they have to justify every aspect of their work so that they will be able to prove that the arrest was truly legitimate. This means that they end up spending a lot of their time in the office. Instead of being where they belong, on the streets, so that ordinary people will not need to fear criminals and other lawbreakers.
Apart from that, a typically overworked cop can easily make a few mistakes while he is preparing his crime report. Since the initial reports are the main documents of the arrest, they can easily influence the overall direction of the case in any court of law. Even a small error during documentation can easily lead to the honorable acquittal of even highly dangerous criminals. This means that the area’s conviction rates will drop. Which allows criminals to beat the system and end right back on the streets. Additionally, cops who spend their nights chasing crooks and their days filling forms are bound to lose their edge due to sheer exhaustion.
This is the part where police technology can really help out. More specifically speech recognition technology. Not only will it help to substantially reduce their workload, but, it will also help to decrease errors quite substantially.
The state-of-the-art speech recognition technology today such as Philips SpeechLive allows officers to record their reports using a compatible device that seamlessly transcribes their words into written speech. The police officer then goes through the dictated report, rectifies the mistakes (if any) and submits it to the relevant authorities. Since he does not have to return to his office and make a meticulous report to recall each and every action from memory. Therefore, the testimony is more reliable in the court.