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Tools with Impact

While my colleagues attended the Adobe Government Assembly last week (see Jerry’s post), I was in San Bernardino presenting a session for the District Attorney’s Office on Technical Training around Adobe Acrobat XI. About 50 attendees from the district attorney’s office had an entire day of training on how to use tools and technology that improves their effectiveness at prosecuting defendants.

I quickly realized these attorneys often compete with private defense attorneys, who many times have more staff and money to buy better tools. That particular day in San Bernardino was especially telling for my audience, as the manhunt for Christopher Dorner was in full pursuit and their own San Bernardino County officers were at the forefront of the chase. This district attorney’s office would potentially be responsible for the prosecution of Dorner. It really caused me to realize I was teaching them how to leverage a powerful a tool to help them better do their job- prosecute defendants.

Redaction Slide from training.

I personally realized the importance of this training when, during class, we were told the chase was over. Unfortunately the manhunt resulted in the loss of one of their own officers.

Now the tool isn’t magic, but knowing how to use it to the fullest extent could help them do their jobs more efficiently and compete on a more level ground with defense attorneys. I realized the importance of having our tax dollars provide access to these tools. To think we spend a great deal of money on law enforcement, but to scrimp on those who prosecute the criminals is a waste in my opinion.

Adobe makes some great tools which can aid those in law enforcement, prosecution and defense. Acrobat Pro isn’t the only tool which can aid these groups, but it is one worth knowing and has gained acceptance as the gold standard in this market at the city, county, state and federal levels.

Knowing how to use the tools to their  full capabilities is certainly worthwhile to any user, but to these users it can mean the difference between a conviction or a release. I have included a link to a case study that demonstrates how Acrobat is being used in San Diego County to accelerate the process of prosecution and help ensure a speedy trial.

What types of training resources does Adobe provide? For those in the legal vertical, I have listed some resources below and would encourage you to explore these if you are in the legal profession.

One of the very best resources is Rick Borstein’s legal blog. Rick, a colleague of mine, discusses how Acrobat can be used as an effective tool specifically for legal professionals.  His tips and techniques will help you better use Acrobat in your daily job.

Another great resource is Adobe TV which features hundreds of hours of FREE training on using our products. I have included a sample video on Bates Numbering below, but you will find other videos such as redaction and even how customers use Acrobat in the legal vertical located on the Adobe TV site.

Finally, another great free resource is This site offers free training, tutorials  and expert advice.

I know for me, every time  I now use Acrobat Pro, I stop to think about how this tool can actually aid in our public safety. Now that’s a tool with real impact.

Creativity in Government, Digital Government, Justice & Safety

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  • By Don Goldberg - 2:11 PM on February 22, 2013  

    Wow! That must have been an amazing experience to be feeling their pressure and anxiety in real time, and finally sadness during the hunt. What a great opportunity to let them work better and more efficiently when prosecuting the bad guys– and to give them equal footing against teams of defense lawyers. Thanks for sharing.