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Understanding the Police Beat<br />By Jennifer Brannock Cox<br />
Beginning the Beat<br />Meet the PIO<br />Tour the facility<br />Do a “ride along”<br />Familiarize yourself with police s...
Understanding Terminology<br />Burglary –<br />“entering a building and remaining unlawfully with the intention of committ...
Understanding Terminology<br />Homicide –<br />“legal term for slaying or killing.”<br />Murder –<br />“malicious, premedi...
Understanding Terminology<br />Police Department – police<br />Sheriff’s Office – deputies<br />Highway Patrol – troopers<...
Types of Stories<br />Breaking news<br />Crime<br />Fire<br />Emergencies<br />Enterprise stories<br />Profiles<br />Crime...
Getting Access<br />You have the right to:<br />View/copy booking sheets<br />View/copy police reports<br />Publish mug sh...
Safety<br />Listen to officers<br />Keep in touch with editors<br />Abide by the law<br />Wear appropriate clothing<br />M...
Breaking News Online<br />Get the initial facts confirmed, posted quickly<br />Post changes remotely via Twitter or blog<b...
Look for details to add to second-day story</li></li></ul><li>Understanding the Police Beat<br />By Jennifer Brannock Cox<...
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Understanding the Police Beat

  1. 1. Understanding the Police Beat<br />By Jennifer Brannock Cox<br />
  2. 2. Beginning the Beat<br />Meet the PIO<br />Tour the facility<br />Do a “ride along”<br />Familiarize yourself with police scanner and codes<br />Make a list of contacts, including cell phones and pagers<br />Always keep your car filled with gas<br />
  3. 3. Understanding Terminology<br />Burglary –<br />“entering a building and remaining unlawfully with the intention of committing a crime.”<br />Larceny – <br />“the wrongful taking of property.”<br />Theft –<br />“larceny that did not involve threat, violence or plundering.”<br />Robbery –<br />“the use of violence to plunder or rifle.”<br />May or may not involve another person<br />
  4. 4. Understanding Terminology<br />Homicide –<br />“legal term for slaying or killing.”<br />Murder –<br />“malicious, premeditated homicide.”<br />Do not write that a victim was “murdered” unless officials confirm the killing was premeditated<br />Manslaughter –<br />“homicide without malice or premeditation.”<br />
  5. 5. Understanding Terminology<br />Police Department – police<br />Sheriff’s Office – deputies<br />Highway Patrol – troopers<br />Others – see “military titles” in AP Style<br />All – officers <br />
  6. 6. Types of Stories<br />Breaking news<br />Crime<br />Fire<br />Emergencies<br />Enterprise stories<br />Profiles<br />Crime prevention and tips<br />Trends <br />Organizational news<br />Promotions<br />Officials breaking rules<br />
  7. 7. Getting Access<br />You have the right to:<br />View/copy booking sheets<br />View/copy police reports<br />Publish mug shots<br />Any public forum<br />Without permission, you do not have a right to:<br />Private property, including jails, schools and points beyond airport security<br />Redacted information<br />Names of minors, social security numbers, some items under investigation<br />
  8. 8. Safety<br />Listen to officers<br />Keep in touch with editors<br />Abide by the law<br />Wear appropriate clothing<br />Make good decisions<br />
  9. 9. Breaking News Online<br />Get the initial facts confirmed, posted quickly<br />Post changes remotely via Twitter or blog<br /><ul><li>Keep in touch with sources, editors
  10. 10. Look for details to add to second-day story</li></li></ul><li>Understanding the Police Beat<br />By Jennifer Brannock Cox<br />

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