Criminal Justice 5: Types of Reports

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Criminal Justice 5: Types of Reports

  1. 1. CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORT WRITING THE HOW AND WHY Part 5 Types of Police Reports
  2. 2. CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORT WRITING THE HOW AND WHY Part 5 Types of Police Reports
  3. 3. You should familiarize yourself with four categories of criminal justice reports:  Type 1: Officer records information: no action is taken  Type 2: Officer records information and takes action (investigation, arrest)  Type 3: Officer becomes part of the scenario (such as pursuing or subduing a suspect)  Type 4: Officer is the initiator (sees, hears something suspicious and gets involved)
  4. 4. In Types 1, 2, and 3, the officer is usually dispatched to the scene. In Type 4, the officer makes the decision to become involved after seeing or hearing something suspicious. Probable cause MUST be included in Type 4 reports.
  5. 5. Knowing these 4 Types…  simplifies report writing  gives you a template to work with  alerts you about the special requirements for each type of report  ensures you won’t miss anything important
  6. 6. Type 1 Reports  simplest to write  officer records what happened  incident reports fall into this category  no law, statute, or regulation has been broken  report may be useful later if there are further developments
  7. 7. Type 2 Reports  officer takes action: investigation, arrest  officer is usually dispatched to the scene  officer thoroughly reports results of investigation, even when negative (may be useful later)  disposition of evidence and suspect important
  8. 8. Type 3 Reports  officer becomes part of the scenario, such as pursuing or subduing a suspect  all other requirements still apply: explain arrival at the scene, results of investigation, disposition of evidence and suspect
  9. 9. Type 4 Reports  officer initiates action: sees or hears something suspicious and decides to get involved  traffic stops are generally Type 4 reports  probable cause is essential  all other requirements still apply: explain arrival at the scene, results of investigation, disposition of evidence and suspect
  10. 10. 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!
  11. 11. Find FREE report writing resources online at www.YourPoliceWrite.com

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