Flashcards in 15. Written Communications Deck (36):
Brief notations concerning specific events and circumstances that are recorded while fresh in the officers mind and used to prepare a report.
*Provides basis for report
*Reduces need to re-contact parties involved
*Provides greater accuracy relative to time, statements, and events than memory alone
Uses of field notes
All five senses are used in __________.
The peace officer must be able to describe _________, _________, and ________ by using specific, clear, and vivid language.
Describing ________ is the most difficult.
________ should be described beginning at one point then proceeding in one direction to ensure the description is thorough and systematic.
When describing ________, look for all distinguishing marks and anything that might be compared or related to a commonly known thing or idea.
What does the acronym CYMBaL stand for and help describe?
*Color, Year, Make/Model, Body style, License plate
*Helps describe a vehicle
Who needs to be described from head to toe in an officers field notebook?
What information is used to describe people from head to tie?
*Race and sex
*Height and weight
*Other distinguishing marks
What information is used to describe vehicles?
What information is used to describe property?
What other possible information should be entered in an officers field notes?
*Assisting officer activity
*Location and chain of evidence/custody
*Type of incident
What information should be entered into an officers field notes?
*Dates and times
*Other possible information
Questions to be answered in field notes to complete a report.
Significant Uses of the Police Report:
*Permanent record of facts
*Coordination of follow-up
*Basis for prosecution and defense
*Performance evaluations of officer
The Eight Essential Criteria of a Good Police Report:
Common types of police reports:
Arrangement of information n order of occurrence.
Arrangement of information by category.
*Identification of the involved persons, vehicles, etc,
*Narrative description of the offense or incident
*Elements of the offense or probable cause
Three basic kinds of information necessary in police reports
A word that typically describes or modifies the meaning of a noun.
A word or combination of words typically serving as a modifier of a verb.
A word that is the name of something (person, place, or thing).
A word that combine with a noun , pronoun, or noun equivalent to form a phrase that usually acts as an adverb, adjective, or noun.
A word that expresses an act, occurrence, or mode of being.
A word that is used as a substitute for a noun or noun equivalent.
A group of words that is only a piece of a complete sentence.
Two or more sentences written as one.
A word or set of words that qualifies or limits another set of words when attached to the wrong word or words in a sentence.
When two negative words are used in the sane clause.
What are problems with sentence construction?
What are problems with sentence clarity?
*Slang, Jargon, And Nonstandard Abbreviations
When the verb is in the ______ voice, the subject performs the action. When the verb is in the ______ voice, the subject receives the action.
Using too many words.