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Criminal Justice 1: What is a Professional Report?

  1. 1. CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORT WRITING THE HOW AND WHY Part I What is a Professional Police Report?
  2. 2. Why is report writing so important? A well-written report…  documents your words and actions  provides data for statistical reports  facilitates investigations  showcases your professionalism
  3. 3. What are the qualities of a good report? It is…  efficient (officers are busy, and time is limited)  thorough (information in the report may be needed for follow-up later on)  professional (you may be judged on what you’ve written)  objective (your report documents your fairness and honesty)
  4. 4. What makes a report efficient? It…  includes only necessary words and facts  organizes the facts in a clear and logical sequence  can easily be understood by anyone doing a follow-up investigation
  5. 5. What makes a report thorough? It includes all information needed for further investigation and action, such as…  Date, time, and location  Serial numbers, makes, and models  Victims, witnesses, and suspects  Miranda rights  Evidence  Injuries
  6. 6. What makes a report professional? It…  uses Standard English (except when quoting someone’s exact words)  meets guidelines for your agency or institution  follows contemporary criminal justice practices
  7. 7. What makes a report objective? It…  states only what you saw, heard, or did  omits opinions and hunches  sticks to facts  avoids judgments, explanations, and theories
  8. 8. To Learn More: Criminal Justice Report Writing is available in softcover ($17.95) from www.Amazon.com and in a variety of ebook and Apple formats (Kindle, Nook, SONY etc.) for $11.99 from www.Smashwords.com. Read a free sample online!
  9. 9. Find FREE report writing resources online at www.YourPoliceWrite.com

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