How to use grammar and spell checkers for government use

There are two things to pay attention to while using any grammar and spell checker: security and retrievability


This article is part of a series, Report Writing for a New Generation: Merging Technology with Traditional Techniques, which covers general police report writing skills along with plain English instruction, professional and technical writing best practices, and how technology is changing the way officers write.

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Technology is truly fascinating. Invisible, computer-controlled sets of rules control everything. Searching the internet, traffic control and now police report writing are all controlled and influenced by simple computational rules called algorithms.

The most common algorithms used in police report writing are the ones attached to grammar and spell checkers. But spell checkers are not created equal, and if you work for the government, you must pay close attention to which checker you use.

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