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Report Writing

Accurate reporting is vital to protect the integrity of any case. Learn how to improve your writing skills with topics that will encourage factual report writing, evidence collection, metadata, elements of a crime, distractions, technology, and more.

Course Name Description Length
Checklist for Report Writing FLETC Instructor John Bostain outlines the necessity to have a checklist prepared ahead of time for writing use-of-force reports, along with key considerations to put into them. 10m
Kevin Dillon’s Report Writing Tips Veteran Kevin Dillon draws upon his 25 years of experience as an officer and SWAT team commander to offer tips on successful report writing. 10m
Narrative Skills for Report Writing In this segment, Dave Smith interviews Shane Gericke about his experience as a crime novelist. Gericke talks about his extensive research of crime scenes, law enforcement tactics, and the environment. Smith outlines how the use of clear and descriptive report writing will greatly assist in prosecuting the case. 10m
Police Reports and Detailed Documentation In this video, Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief, discusses the importance of well documented and written narratives in use of force writing with Matt Stiehm. 10m
Report Writing 1 This is the first Training Block for the course on Report Writing.This course covers:Checklist for Report Writing, Kevin Dillon’s Report Writing Tips, Report Writing Legal Issues: Cut and Paste, Report Writing: Authoring, Report Writing: Cell phones, Report Writing: Distractions, Report Writing: Keys to Time Management 1h
Report Writing 2 This is the second Training Block for the course on Report Writing.This course covers:Narrative Skills for Report Writing, Report Writing Legal Issues: Brady vs. Maryland, Report Writing: Chronological Order, Report Writing: Elements of the Crime, Report Writing: English Skills, Report Writing: Note Taking, Report Writing: Reviewing, Report Writing: Technology, Report Writing: Understanding Time Management. 1h
Report Writing: Authoring In this segment, William Fogarty suggests the author remember that the most effective authors allow you to ,live  the incident and feel as though you are there as it is occurring. 5m
Report Writing: Cell phones Report Writing consists of many areas that are important and combine to ensure a successful prosecution. This includes writing a factually accurate report and understanding that cellular telephones can be a great asset but also a large distraction from writing a report. In this segment, William Fogarty suggests an author of a report understand that cellular telephones can be a distraction from writing a report and there may be no expectation of privacy. 5m
Report Writing: Chronological Order In this segment, William Fogarty suggests taking the time to review the incident and documenting all of the incidents chronologically from what happened just before, during, and finally after the incident occurs. 5m
Report Writing: Cut and Paste Report Writing consists of many areas that are important to ensure a successful prosecution. These include writing a factually accurate report to ensure there are no legal issues. This section identifies the need to understand that while cut and paste does save time, it can still result in mistakes.  In this segment, William Fogarty explains the need to review reports after using ,cut and paste  to ensure the report is factually correct. 5m
Report Writing: Distractions Report Writing consists of many areas that are important and combine to ensure a successful prosecution. This includes writing a factually accurate report and understanding that time management includes the need to distance yourself from distractions during the course of a day while trying to complete a report. In this segment, William Fogarty suggests an author of a report understand that distractions occur all the time and there is a need to ensure a buffer of time to allow for a complete and accurate report be completed. 5m
Report Writing: Elements of the Crime In this segment, William Fogarty suggests including all the elements of all of the crimes that occur, and to include the why an incident occurs. 5m
Report Writing: English Skills In this segment, William Fogarty explains the need to understand the basics of the English language, including the proper use of grammar and punctuation. 5m
Report Writing: Evidence Collection This segment identifies the need to ensure the evidence listed in the report matches the evidence tag placed on the item. 5m
Report Writing: Keys to Time Management Report Writing consists of many areas that are important and combine to ensure a successful prosecution. This includes a writing factually accurate report and the need to remember time management techniques in order to complete a report. 5m
Report Writing: Legal Issues (Brady vs. Maryland) Report Writing consists of many areas that are important and combine to ensure a successful prosecution. This includes writing a factually accurate report and the understanding of ,Brady  issues when writing a report. In this segment, William Fogarty suggests an author of a report understand the need to be honest when writing a report including all information, and not just the part that assists with the prosecution of the case. In this segment, William Fogarty suggests an author of a report understand the need to be honest when writing a report including all information, and not just the part that assists with the prosecution of the case. 5m
Report Writing: Metadata In this segment, William Fogarty explains the need to define and understand metadata to ensure that crime reports appear accurate and factually correct as written by the officer/deputy. 5m
Report Writing: Note Taking In this segment, William Fogarty suggests the author of a report needs to ensure that he/she understands the need to take good notes which do not use abbreviations unless he/she will be the only reader. In addition, it is important that the report author understands the definitions of all words that they use while writing the report, including those made during witness statements. 5m
Report Writing: Reviewing Report Writing consists of many areas that are important and combine to ensure a successful prosecution. This includes taking the time to review your report prior to submission, and having others review it before it is put into the record. 5m
Report Writing: Spell Check Report Writing consists of many areas that are important and combine to ensure a successful prosecution. This includes writing a factually accurate report to ensure there are no legal issues. 5m
Report Writing: Technology Report Writing consists of many areas that are important and combine to ensure a successful prosecution. This includes writing a factually accurate report and the need to remember time management techniques in order to complete a report in a timely fashion. In this segment, William Fogarty suggests the writer understand the need to complete a report using good time management techniques. 5m
Report Writing: Understanding Time Management Report Writing consists of many areas that are important and combine to ensure a successful prosecution. This includes a writing factually accurate report and the need to remember time management techniques in order to complete a report in a timely fashion. In this segment, William Fogarty suggests the writer understand the need to complete a report using good time management techniques. 5m
Written Communication and Report Writing This one-hour course will enlighten you in the reasons for writing reports, what you should complete detailed reports about, and tips for writing outstanding communication and reports. 1h