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CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORT WRITING
THE HOW AND WHY
Part 2
Principles of Police Report
Writing
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
screen
Who will read your reports?
Readers may include…
 supervisors
 prosecutors
 defense attorneys
 reporters
 local officials
What do reports do?
They…
 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
suspects
 filter emotions to arrive at the facts
 make decisions about the disposition of evidence
and suspects
What principles should guide you?
Your report should…
 use active voice
 use names
 record exactly what you did, even if the results
are negative (footprints, fingerprints, sobriety
tests)
 stick to the facts (no guesses or theories)
What skills should you develop?
You should…
 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:
Criminal Justice ReportWriting 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!
Find FREE report writing resources
online at www.YourPoliceWrite.com

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Criminal Justice 2: A Closer Look at Report Writing

  • 1. CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORT WRITING THE HOW AND WHY Part 2 Principles of Police Report Writing
  • 2. 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 screen
  • 3. Who will read your reports? Readers may include…  supervisors  prosecutors  defense attorneys  reporters  local officials
  • 4. What do reports do? They…  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
  • 5. What are the challenges? Confusion can arise when you try to…  reconstruct events that preceded your arrival  sift through differing accounts from witnesses and suspects  filter emotions to arrive at the facts  make decisions about the disposition of evidence and suspects
  • 6. What principles should guide you? Your report should…  use active voice  use names  record exactly what you did, even if the results are negative (footprints, fingerprints, sobriety tests)  stick to the facts (no guesses or theories)
  • 7. What skills should you develop? You should…  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
  • 8. To Learn More: Criminal Justice ReportWriting 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. Find FREE report writing resources online at www.YourPoliceWrite.com