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Writing Effective Evidence Reports

2 Day Workshop

Workshop Summary

Report writing for law enforcement officers in general and forensic personnel in particular, is often a daunting task.  Once written , a police report may well be scrutinized by many others.  The prosecution, defense, media and other professionals involved in a case will form impressions and decide courses of action based on these reports.  An image of the competence and professionalism of the police agency and its investigating officers will be formed at this time.

This workshop is designed to give forensic service personnel the skills needed to identify and report relevant and sometimes technical information in a format that is clear and understandable. Students work through practical exercises that help sharpen their observation and written communication technique. Emphasis is placed on preparing reports that are logical, concise and accurate. Brief written reports completed by the students are evaluated in class.

Students benefit from this workshop with

  • Reduced errors in content, grammar and spelling
  • Improved critical thinking skills
  • Increased understanding of professional writing requirements

Areas of instruction include:

  • Reporting - Basic to Major Cases
  • Taking Field Notes
  • Assembling Information
  • Writing Mechanics
  • Formatting the Evidence Report
  • Writing a Technical Narrative
  • Avoiding Common Pitfalls
  • Incorporating Diagrams and Supplemental Information
  • Proofreading and Revising
  • Computerized Reporting

Required Equipment

None

PowerPoint Preview Student Guide

 


Imprimus Forensic Services, LLC
POB 1532
Arlington Heights, IL 60006
Phone: 847-804-8420
Fax: 847-439-7442

Contact Us At
IFS@imprimus.net

Indiana Law Enforcement
Training Board
Provider #5000-56

U.S. Government
Registered Contractor
DUNS# 090683520
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