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(Chicago Sun-Times)   Apparently, the Chicago Police Department is still using typewriters   ( divider line
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2020-09-28 4:43:02 PM  

mrparks: Which model, 1921 or 1928?

'28 - the reduction in fire rate and accompanying changes helped shake the "large magazines jam like mofos" problem, and it was a good deal more controllable.
2020-09-28 4:45:12 PM  

TelemonianAjax: Magorn: thehobbes: You ever try to beat a confession out of a suspect with a chromebook?

Chicago cops use a phone book for that...or used to when those were still a bruises

/defended people beaten with phone books by Chicago cops

How are the bruises avoided? I dont get it.

It's big, heavy and wide so there is no  "point source" of impact to break the blood vessels.   The same if you hold it against them and then punch them.   The force of the impact it still felt but no fist shaped mark on the body
2020-09-28 4:50:35 PM  

wildcardjack: RodneyToady: I think I heard someplace that the reason they're still used is for creating documents that have carbon copies.  No clue if that's true or not.

My car dealer has a dot matrix printer that does carbonless copies. They're available with USB options. Rare and pricey, but around.

I suspect they want certain reports to remain off the network. Like CI reports, you wan to keep details between your handler and the DA, but not seen from outside a narrow channel.

$220 at Staples. I can have one delivered by Thursday so not rare or pricey.
2020-09-28 4:59:14 PM  
Nothing else has changed in CPD since 1960, why should their paperwork?
2020-09-28 5:22:02 PM  
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Makes me nostalgic for Resident Evil 4.
2020-09-28 6:00:33 PM  
Typing was the only useful thing I learned in high school.  I think it was high school.  Early 80s.
2020-09-28 6:09:24 PM  

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2020-09-28 6:59:38 PM  

thehobbes: You ever try to beat a confession out of a suspect with a chromebook?

son of a biatch... *cough laughing*
2020-09-28 7:09:27 PM  
Hold my beer. It's only been about ten years since a major national phone company sent their telegraph equipment to the dump. Law enforcement still depended on it for ABPs and whatnot. One other group still sent telegrams, but I can't remember who.
2020-09-28 7:59:03 PM  

dothemath: geekbikerskum: The Reverend Sam Hill: Don't drum magazines always jam when some joker tries to go postal with one?

They're not as reliable as stick mags, that's for sure.  Ian McCollum at had an excellent video on why more militaries didn't adopt drum magazines after some initial experiments with them during and immediately after WWI.  The PPsh-41 was pretty much the last major example.  Unreliability was perhaps the biggest reason, followed by the fact that drum mags aren't really all that portable in something like a belt-carried ammo pouch the way box/stick mags are.

My father said he carried one in Vietnam for a while but the ammo was too heavy to carry in quantity.

Portability is probably a major reason why the military did not like them, but cops and gangsters did.  The type of jamming and reliability issues are quickly fixed by rack and tap, but a cop carries his long guns in the back of a car, same with a gangster, so having a couple extra spare drum magazines really isn't that big of a deal.  Same with guys guarding a fixed installation, like a Division HQ, where you do see them in the background of old World War 2 pictures.

That said, I am kind of glad that Thompson machineguns with drum magazines are kind of something the American police have left in the past.
2020-09-28 8:37:08 PM  
Hubby & I renewed our retired military ID cards last year.
Guess what forms still required a Selectric II ball-tab typewriter?
I know the forms say "Use Until Present Stock is Depleted," but Blessed Admiral Zumwalt!
2020-09-28 9:12:13 PM  
If a partial solution to some things is computerizing these guys so they can beat the sh*t out of their easily replaceable keyboards instead of people, let's make it happen.
2020-09-29 12:45:57 AM  

Mindlock: NotARocketScientist: RodneyToady: I think I heard someplace that the reason they're still used is for creating documents that have carbon copies.  No clue if that's true or not.

Came to say this. There's no way for a printer to do carbon copies. No idea why they can't just print multiple copies though.

Because the document has to be created at the same time.  Printing multiple copies opens up the possibility that there were changes in the document from when the first copy was printed to the next copy.

They need to learn about encrypted documents, pronto. I learned to encrypt an Adobe PDF about 10 years ago, to prove a document hadn't been altered. Add in a good back up system, and you can prove documents haven't been altered, and won't disappear forever. Hardcopies are still possible for critical evidence.
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