Talking Pointers

“The officers are given a four-hour crash course in vocabulary, spelling, and conversation, then given two hours to digest 30 pages of chat logs from prior anonymized cases before they try out adopting the persona of the girl. Officers are encouraged to note down rules on spelling abbreviations, common misspellings, and sentence lengths.” The Atlantic on The Linguist Who Helps Police Catch Child Predators, by teaching them to sound like kids online.

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