Criminal Justice 2: A Closer Look at Report Writing
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORT WRITING
THE HOW AND WHY
Principles of Police Report
How are reports written?
Practices vary.You may be…
writing on a blank sheet of paper
typing on a laptop
writing the complete report on your own
filling in spaces on a paper form or computer
Who will read your reports?
Readers may include…
What do reports do?
provide information for further investigation
record what happened at the scene
demonstrate your professionalism
build a case for prosecution and conviction
supply facts for databases and statistical reports
What are the challenges?
Confusion can arise when you try to…
reconstruct events that preceded your arrival
sift through differing accounts from witnesses and
filter emotions to arrive at the facts
make decisions about the disposition of evidence
What principles should guide you?
Your report should…
use active voice
record exactly what you did, even if the results
are negative (footprints, fingerprints, sobriety
stick to the facts (no guesses or theories)
What skills should you develop?
be able to find north, south, east, west anywhere
learn the length of your stride
be able to remember details about clothing, build,
jewelry, and facial characteristics
conduct an interview efficiently and accurately
To Learn More:
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Find FREE report writing resources
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