By Maria Cataldo
March 14, 2016
Police work isn’t all high speed car chases and crime scene investigations. Even though police officers enter the public safety profession to protect and serve the public, the reality is that, like many in the workforce, much of their time is spent on administrative tasks. In fact, police sergeants spend an average of 45% of their time on paperwork, with a typical police report taking up to two hours to complete. Criminal case detectives are required to generate even longer, more detailed reports to document their investigations. More and more, the administrative aspects of the job are eating into time spent on “real” police work—increasing job stress and potentially putting communities at risk.
Arm officers with a mobile productivity tool
Police paperwork isn’t going away, so departments need to arm their officers with tools to speed and ease the reporting process.
Dragon Anywhere, Nuance’s new professional-grade, cloud-based mobile dictation solution, can help by empowering officers to create entire reports on their iOS or Android device out in the field. They simply talk and see the results of their dictation or correction immediately. Each officer sets up their own personal profile—a fast and simple process—that continually adapts to their voice, words and corrections for a personalized experience that gets even more accurate over time.
Capture incident details immediately
Real-time data is essential in the public safety field. Given that case and incident reports typically end up in the hands of a county or district attorney, and ultimately a judge, the level of content detail and specificity can make or break a case when it reaches the courtroom. The ability for officers to capture information immediately following an incident, while the details are still fresh in their mind, is one of the most important benefits that mobile dictation tools like Dragon Anywhere bring to the public safety field, resulting in more thorough and accurate reports.
Report templates and other time-saving customizations
Imagine the productivity advantages of being able to fill in form templates by voice while out in the field. For officers looking to save time and improve accuracy, Dragon Anywhere makes it easy to create text blocks of standardized content in template documents that they import into the app from a Report Management System (RMS) or to generate the text blocks by speaking a single utterance rather than dictating the text into each individual report. Officers can also create custom word lists to ensure accurate recognition of the public safety terms they use daily—speeding up report creation and streamlining edits. They can also create custom auto-text commands for inserting standardized content—from procedural descriptions to signature blocks—into report documents.
With a powerful mobile productivity tool like Dragon Anywhere, officers can keep up with paperwork and improve report detail and accuracy without being tied to their desks. They can complete reports by voice at the station or out in the community, submit them to their supervisors for review and approval, and get back to the business of fighting crime and securing the safety of fellow citizens.
Find out how Dragon Anywhere combines the convenience of mobility with the power of voice recognition to speed and streamline creation of police reports—from any location.