Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals: Learn to Write and Interpret Police Reports

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Writing clear and concise reports is the cornerstone of the criminal justice profession. Without them, the judicial process would grind to a halt. Creating a concise report greatly increases the chances of a conviction and should be the desire of every professional. Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals gives you the guidelines on how to create a report for nearly every major type of crime. You'll get details on note writing, interviewing witnesses, avoiding opinion, and anticipating the defense's ...
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Overview


Writing clear and concise reports is the cornerstone of the criminal justice profession. Without them, the judicial process would grind to a halt. Creating a concise report greatly increases the chances of a conviction and should be the desire of every professional. Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals gives you the guidelines on how to create a report for nearly every major type of crime. You'll get details on note writing, interviewing witnesses, avoiding opinion, and anticipating the defense's actions based on your report.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781427797490
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Morley is a prosecutor for the Cook County State's Attorney’s Office, where he is assigned to the Cold Case Homicide Unit. He has been a prosecutor since 2000, and has worked in the Complex Narcotics Litigation Unit, Narcotics Special Prosecutions, Felony Trial Division, Homicide/Sex Unit, and Felony Review. He was a Chicago police officer and sergeant for 7 years (1993–2000). He is an adjunct instructor for Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety, and teaches for their School of Police Staff and Command. He has also been an adjunct instructor at Kaplan University since 2005. He is an instructor for North-East Multi-Regional Training, where has also taught over 200 seminars to Chicago area police officers, on search and seizure, criminal law, and other legal issues. He was an adjunct instructor at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC), from 2000–2008, teaching Criminal Investigations and Criminal Law. He has also taught criminal justice related classes at Loyola University Chicago, Harold Washington College, Calumet College, and at the Chicago Police Academy. He is the author of the textbook, Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals: Learn to Write and Interpret Police Reports, (Kaplan Publishing, 2008).

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Foundations of Effective Report Writing

Introduction The Importance of Effective Police Report Writing 3

1 What Makes a Police Report Effective 11

2 Note Taking 25

Pt. II Constructing the Report

3 Victims, Witnesses, and Offenders 29

4 Taking Statements 37

5 Facts, Not Opinions 43

6 The Importance of Proper Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling 47

Pt. III Understanding Police Work: Knowledge That All Report Writers Must Possess

7 Understanding the Fourth Amendment: Search and Seizure 51

8 Understanding the Fifth and Sixth Amendments: Miranda Rights and Right to Counsel 59

9 Anticipating the Defense 67

Pt. IV Crime-Specific Report Writing

10 Report Writing in Homicide and Death Investigations 79

11 Report Writing in Robbery Cases 91

12 Report Writing in Sex Cases 103

13 Report Writing in Child Sex Cases and Other Crimes Against Children 111

14 Report Writing in Narcotics Investigations 117

15 Writing Effective Search Warrants 139

16 Report Writing in Theft, Fraud, and White-Collar Crime Cases 149

17 Report Writing in Domestic Violence Cases and Other Assault and Battery Offenses 163

18 Report Writing in Burglary Cases 167

19 Report Writing in Stalking Cases 171

20 Report Writing in Motor Vehicle Theft Cases 179

21 Report Writing in Arson Cases 183

22 Report Writing in Gang Cases 191

23 Report Writing in Battery-on-Police Cases and Police-Use-of-Force Cases 199

24 Preparing for and Testifying in Court 213

Acknowledgments 225

Appendix A Sample Search Warrants 227

Appendix B Sample Handwritten Statements 259

Notes 271

Index 277

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