Summit, CT—Dinosaurs may be headed toward a second round of extinction as veteran police officers are finally showing signs of evolving into technically savvy officers.
Reports have been confirmed that 26 year veteran police officer Jack P. Mercer completed a basic auto burglary report in just two hours, forty-two minutes, which is eighteen minutes less than the minimum expected time for officers with more than 25 years of service when it comes to electronic reports.
“It’s a big day for us,” said Summit Police Chief Kenneth Fowler. “Jack’s been working really hard for this moment.”
The Summit Police Department has been utilizing an electronic report writing system for six years, however veteran officers are still adapting to the technology. Chief Fowler credits Officer Mercer’s success to new training provided by the police department’s own rookie officers.
Rookie officer Kevin Flynt instructs a 40 hour class for veteran officers on clicking. “We’ve found that a lot of time is wasted by veteran officers who haven’t mastered the use of a mouse or trackpad,” said Flynt.
Prior to Flynt’s class, veteran officers like Mercer tended to double, triple, or even quadruple click links and menus that only require a single click – confusing and slowing down the system with extra tabs and windows. Conversely, they also tended to single click folders and files, then stare at the screen when nothing happened, sigh, then complain, “Come on, this is bullshit…see what I mean.”
“Doubling the number of typing fingers to two fingers really helped also,” said Mercer squinting through his glasses. “I’ve come a long way from being a quadruple clicker who typed with his knuckles.”
Mercer also hopes to someday be able to access his email – perhaps even send attachments.
Chief Fowler said he appreciates Mercer’s enthusiasm, but understands the obstacles that lie ahead for veterans cops. “We want to make the system as accessible as possible for our veteran officers,” said Fowler.
The Chief said right now only about 35% of veteran officers can successfully log into the six year old system. He blames the problem on the multiple passwords required for all the different applications.
The Chief stated that they are working with IT so that one password can be used across all applications – a huge step toward veteran officer accessibility – especially since research shows that veteran cops can only remember as many passwords equal to the number of grandchildren they have.