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Documenting suspect descriptions

Why well-documented descriptions of what each witness said needs to be in your police report

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Report forms have suspect description boxes of one kind or another and these can be very helpful, but the question of who supplied the description can sometimes be left up in the air. In this tip, risk management expert and Lexipol co-founder Gordon Graham outlines why this can be problematic when an officer appears in court.

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Gordon Graham has been actively involved in law enforcement since 1973. He spent nearly 10 years as a very active motorcycle officer while also attending Cal State Long Beach to achieve his teaching credential, USC to do his graduate work in Safety and Systems Management with an emphasis on Risk Management, and Western State University to obtain his law degree. In 1982 he was promoted to sergeant and also admitted to the California State Bar and immediately opened his law offices in Los Angeles.

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