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Copycat Crimes

by | 19th, November 2006

PHOTOCOPIED ANYTHING GOOD LATELY?

Didn’t think so.

One of the many things that’s keeping police technology in the 1960s is our insistence on photocopying everything. At the cutting edge of police technology is the self-carbonating form; yet it doesn’t seem to matter how many copies of the form that self-carbonate, you always need to photocopy the top one and attach it to a computer printout “for filing”. It makes me wonder how on earth they managed before photocopiers (I hope for the sake of my own credibility that photocopiers existed in the 1960s).

Our utterly bureaucratic systems mean that we are placing lots of faith in the digital pen. The digital pen means that our writing will transfer directly to a computer memory; from there we will be able to…print it out. On paper. For filing. Similarly insane is the proposed use of scanners. After writing a statement, an officer will scan it and it enter the memory of a computer; from there it will be printed out…you get the idea.

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