Essay On The Importance Of Reporting

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Melvin Colangelo
AJS275
Butcher
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The Importance of Documenting

Melvin Colangelo
AJS275
Butcher
Words:
The Importance of Documenting
We have discussed the importance of accurate reports. In this paper we shall take a more in-depth approach of what goes into a quality report, some of the procedures used, and the departments that rely on these reports. All reports should be written within a few hours of the event to ensure the details are fresh in their minds and should always be written in the first person perspective with an active voice. When writing a report never offer an opinion or conclusion, only use the facts. When writing a report it is essentially a story with a beginning, middle, and
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Administrative involves injury reports, officer-involved accident reports, proposals and memoranda. While, investigative includes offense reports, supplemental reports, search warrants, arrest warrants and case summaries. When writing reports, there are a couple of possible options for officers to use; narrative and bullet style. Departments may vary on which to use, so all employees should be proficient with both of them. Writing a report is very important, but the details you outline in that report could mean winning or losing a case. All new recruits are taught that in court, anything that was not in the report, didn’t happen. When writing the crime scene report the description of the scene should entail all the responders did, who was there, what they saw, interactions with witnesses, and diagrams with measurements, also known as an offense report. …show more content…
Many supplemental reports will be submitted not just for future follow-up interviews, but also for surveillance, and research. When investigators decide to do surveillance, there will be supplemental reports for bank account activities, phone and internet conversations, and activity and/or undercover agents to befriend or watch suspects. Another form of reporting or documenting is with audio, photos and/or video and should be done by qualified personnel that understand procedures and what perspectives are needed. Digital recordings are easy to copy and can be stored on an investigator's computer for easy access. Digital recording is very useful for the court, Judges and other officials are able to review the video and make rulings or motions concerning a case. Watching or listening to recordings will give a more thorough understanding of statements made by interviewer and suspects since they can hear the voice tones and facial expressions of all present. A recording will also clarify what has been said; when someone may have changed their story or accused someone of a misquote. Some officials prefer not to use video recordings, believing the complicated psychology of interrogation, may confuse the jury as to what is actually

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