Report Writing


Lesson Purpose: To develop an appreciation of the importance of a well-written, strategic report to lay the foundation for testimony under cross examination.

Training Objectives: At the end of this block of instruction, the student will be able to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Understand and appreciate the significance of a well written report in a criminal proceeding.
  2. Become familiar with the essential components of a well-written report.
  3. Understand the legal mandates of Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963) and its progeny and how to incorporate them into every day report writing.
  4. Identify the presence or absence of the essential components of effective report writing within several police reports.

Hours: 45 minutes.

Instructional Method: Lecture/Scenario based questions.

Materials Required: Pen/Pencil, Student Handout, Student Lesson Plan

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