Criminal Justice 1: What is a Professional Report?
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORT
THE HOW AND WHY
What is a Professional
Why is report writing so
A well-written report…
documents your words and actions
provides data for statistical reports
showcases your professionalism
What are the qualities of a good
efficient (officers are busy, and time is
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)
What makes a report efficient?
includes only necessary words and facts
organizes the facts in a clear and logical
can easily be understood by anyone
doing a follow-up investigation
What makes a report thorough?
It includes all information needed for
further investigation and action, such
Date, time, and location
Serial numbers, makes, and models
Victims, witnesses, and suspects
What makes a report
uses Standard English (except when
quoting someone’s exact words)
meets guidelines for your agency or
follows contemporary criminal justice
What makes a report objective?
states only what you saw, heard, or did
omits opinions and hunches
sticks to facts
avoids judgments, explanations, and
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