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What are the two parts of a police report?
Narrative and fill in the blank
What are the benefits of dictation?
- Saves a lot of time
- Finished product is usually typewritten and therefore neater
- Automatic record keeping system
What are some problems with dictation?
- Equipment must be in good working order.
- Loss of power or weak batteries can lead to incomplete or inaudible.
- Background noise can distort
- Grammar errors are missed
- Voices vary in loudness and clarity
What are the qualities of a superior investigator?
- Think outside the box
Explain how investigators are ethical.
- Know the difference between right and wrong.
- Play by the rules
Explain how investigators are aware.
Notice their surroundings, as well as people. They have a broad knowledge of world events.
Explain how investigators are energized.
Long and tedious hours do not bother them. The day is never to long to finish some aspect of the case.
Explain how investigators think outside the box.
They can think ahead a few steps and see something before it happens.
Explain how investigators are determined.
The will not stop when something seems impossibel. The never give up.
The mechanics of note taking.
What does readable in note taking mean?
Someone else can pick up the notes and find understandable.
What does accurate in note taking mean?
Notes are correct and measurements are precise, names are spelled correctly.
What does factual mean in note taking?
Keep personal opinions out of the notes.
What does concise mean in note taking?
Get the most out of a few words.
What are abstact words?
Words that could have multiple meanings depending on the context of a sentence or the reader's viewpoint.
What is active voice?
It is the way of writing that shows who is doing and action, as opposed to the passive voice.
What is chronological order?
Writing in the order something happened.
What are concrete words?
Words that have a clear meaning.
What are direct quotes?
These are the exact words that someone else used.
What is first person?
This is where the author refers to himself as I or me.
What are indirect quotes?
This is where their statement is paraphrased.
What is jargon?
This a type of language that people in law enforcement use that makes no sense to the everyday person.
What are opinions?
These are someones beliefs and is based on something that is not always correct.
What is past tense?
The past tense is used to describe things that have already taken place.
What are the six questions to investigations?
Examples of Who?
- Who is the reporting party?
- Who is the suspect?
Examples of What?
- What happened?
- What was the victim doing?
Examples of Where?
- Where did it happen?
- Where is the victim?
Examples of When?
- When did it happen?
- When was it reported?
Examples of Why?
- Why did it happen?
- Why was it reported?
Examples of How?
- How did the event happen?
- How old is the crime?