June 18, 2020

Report writing for law enforcement: The importance of good documentation.

Report writing for law enforcement:  The importance of good documentation.

Does your department struggle with writing good police reports or affidavits?  Do your officers copy and paste a police report narrative directly over to an affidavit?  Do you know the necessary components of a good police report?  In this episode, Lt. Sean Chambers and Lt. Steve Hammonds describe leading practices for writing police reports, affidavits, and more.  We'll discuss the necessary components of report writing, as well as the essential role supervisors should be playing in ensuring reports are being written to the highest standard possible.  You'll also learn about report writing as it relates to domestic violence, which is often one of the most dangerous and frequent calls for law enforcement service.  Finally, in a little off-topic discussion towards the end, Dr. Jones and Lt. Hammonds discuss the requirement for officers to be impartial and unbiased in their documentation, and throughout every incident for that matter, but how that can be difficult at times.