How to write a better police report

Police report writing is a keystone to any investigation and prosecution of offenders


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There is a popular perception that police officers and investigators have exciting lives, getting into vehicle and foot pursuits, tackling suspects, and solving complicated crimes by examining evidence or through interviews and interrogation. In truth, most crime is solved by the effectiveness in documenting the crime from its first report to law enforcement.

While some may not view police report writing as exciting, it is a keystone to any investigation and prosecution of offenders. In this episode of the Policing Matters podcast, host Jim Dudley speaks with Janay Gasparini, Ph.D., former police officer and current assistant professor of criminal justice at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, about how to write an effective police report.

What questions do you have about writing effective police reports? Email editor@police1.com so we can address in future content.

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