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NOV 2016

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www.officer.com NOVEMBER 2016 LAW ENFORCEMENT TECHNOLOGY 33 Officers can initiate a stop, touch one button, request an interpreter and remain hands-free—an important consideration for officer safety. Munk says translators can hear individuals from at least 30 feet away clearly despite ambient noise. Some of the many languages accessible to offi- cers include Urdu, French and Russian. "If your 'spidey sense' is tingling, the last thing you want to do is get close enough to use your cellphone if you need an interpreter," says Munk. "You can leave [ELSA] in the car on the charger until [you realize you need it]." The device unplugs from the charger and clips to multiple locations on the shirt with a heavy clip on the backside. The next iteration of ELSA will be what they call the ELSA Blue Plus NextGen device, which RTT hopes to release in the middle of next year. The small, updated version will have additional mics (similar to ShotSpotter tech) and a robust speaker. Its 360-degree, conference-style pickup will be more sensitive and adept at canceling ambient noise. ELSA Blue Plus will even harbor an optional body cam. Munk points out both versions record interpreted calls at the client's discretion. He says, "Tools like ELSA ensure objective detachment from a situation is good for all parties." If the shoe fits… Which solution is right for you? It depends. It depends on your agency's circumstance, needs and budget. You may decide to focus on hiring bilingual officers, or stick to a tried and trusted call-in solution. Phone apps can be handy at the right place and time, or a handheld device designed specifically for law enforcement could offer major backup. Specialty devices may save money over traditional interpreters as you are not keeping someone "on the line" (and paying them) over the course of a two-hour investigation. Regardless of what you choose, Munks offers this tip: Time and cir- cumstance and safety permitting, think about what questions you'll be asking in advance. Thinking of things like Lind DC Adapters and Shutdown Timers www.lindelectronics.com Lind DC Adapters keep the devic- es in your vehicle powered while our Shutdown Timers assure the battery in your vehicle doesn't run down and leave you stranded. Circle 39 on Reader Service Card demographic data and follow-up ques- tions helps you navigate a language com- plicated contact that much faster, more efficiently and cost effectively. "The job of law enforcement is challenging and difficult…[all training is designed] to try to get an officer to the point where he or she can fly solo and hopefully do a good job under high stress situations. That's tough enough to do when you're able to communicate in the same language." Microsoft ........................................................................56 RTT Communications ................................................. 57 Voxtec .............................................................................58 For more information, circle the number on the Reader Service Card.

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