Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Computer Dictation System Designed to Ease Officers' Paperwork, Boost Policing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Computer Dictation System Designed to Ease Officers' Paperwork, Boost Policing

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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department will begin using a computer dictation system next month that enables officers to dictate their police reports instead of writing them.

Sheriff Oliver "Glenn" Boyer said the system will eliminate paperwork and allow officers to devote more time to community policing.

The department received an $86,430 federal grant and will contribute $28,810 in local money to finance the system. Four new employees will be hired to help operate the system, which is targeted to start by mid-June. The Computer Aided Report Entry system - known as CARE - includes a computer transcribing machine that takes calls from officers and records the dictation of their reports. The new employees will transcribe the calls from the machines. The department is buying 16 new phone lines to support the system at an initial cost of $4,000 and monthly fees of $288. "It gives officers more time to be doing what they're supposed to be doing instead of writing out police reports," said Lt. …

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