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NCJ Number: 157587 Find in a Library
Title: Computerized Report Entry Systems
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:62  Issue:9  Dated:(September 1995)  Pages:50-52
Author(s): J Coumoundouros
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
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Box 6000, Dept F
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United States of America
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes features of the computer hardware and software that may be used in a police computerized report entry system.
Abstract: In the 1970's and 1980's, many police agencies began to computerize their records systems in an effort to collect and disseminate crime data more efficiently. An agency that is investigating computer hardware for computerized recordkeeping should consider a number of alternative approaches. Currently, two types of small personal computers are available for law enforcement use: pen-based and keyboard-based computers. Pen- based computers display a form or instruction box on a display pad and allow the user to respond by writing on the pad with a pen or stylus. The computer interprets the hand gestures and translates them into text that can be stored in the computer's memory. Keyboard-based systems consist of a keyboard to enter information and a small screen to display it. Computer software provides the method used to collect and store report information. The software should provide for a user-friendly word processor, direct transfer that reduces the cost for data entry, data editing, records modification and verification, and the capacity to print reports.
Main Term(s): Computer aided operations
Index Term(s): Computer hardware systems; Computer software; Police records; Police reports
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