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Effective Report Writing

Hours:16
Tuition: $195

Program Information:

Written reports are foundational documents used by investigators, prosecutors, and attorneys to make legal decisions. For the officer that writes a report, he/she could very well have to testify in court to what was written sometimes months and even years after it was authored. In essence, a written report is a historical record of an event that took place. Some reports are organized, well written, and thorough, detailed, and are an asset. Sadly, others are poorly written, and lack clarity and specificity and are of nominal value. Written reports, good or bad, are a reflection of the officer and the agency one works for.

Officers attending this 2-day 16-hour program will:

  • Learn to take accurate notes

  • Statutory review of the requirement(s) of maintaining field notes in certain cases

  • Reduce field notes to a written report

  • Review written report organization

  • Review the fundamental mechanics of grammar, spelling, and punctuation

  • Craft sentences void of law enforcement terminology

  • Review the fundamentals of interviewing

  • Discern pertinent facts during an interview

  • Review Affidavit preparation

  • Conduct a mock interview reducing notes to a written report, and prepare an Affidavit for a warrant

**Cancellations for this class must be received by SLEA 35 days prior to the start of the program in order to avoid being billed!**

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Jim Kempinski
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Voice: (630) 942-2939

Trisha Augustyn
Administrative Assistant

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