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Report writing for a new generation: Merging technology with traditional techniques

Nearly everything in policing has evolved due to technology – except for police report writing. That is about to change. Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), voice diction and video analysis technologies are making report writing faster and more efficient. But is your agency ready? This series will cover 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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