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[CANCELLED] 16 Hour Professional Police Report Writing

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Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Ends On: Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Belleville Police Department
720 West Main Street
Belleville, Illinois 62220
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Instructor: Jan Mirikitani, MBBW, LLC.
Class Limit: 20
Attendees will discuss all aspects of police report writing from dispatch to information gathering: Officer’s initial observations of victim & scene, statements & interviews, documenting persons on scene, & quality canvass. They will discuss how building community trust in daily contact aids cooperation & building strong cases. They will also discuss how local demographics can impact gaining cooperation, statements & conducting victim & witness interviews. They will examine clear, accurate, chronological writing & the role of proofing & editing.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Impact of the first responding Officer’s report on finding leads, investigation, prosecution, justice for the victim, the Department’s reputation, & Officer liability.
  2. Five core characteristics of a creditable police report.
  3. Professional communication skills: Observe, Elicit, Assess, & Documentation.
  4. Officer’s knowledge of diversity builds trust towards getting statements & successful interviewing of victims, witnesses, & possible suspects. 
  5. Documenting Reasonable Suspicion to Probable Cause; does content match the charges?
  6. Recognizing human trafficking, hate crimes, elder abuse, crimes against children.
  7. Canvass: Gather information with consistency through quality communication & dignity.
  8. Crime Scene: How to work it, Documenting evidence handling, Processing (packaging, photographs, diagrams), Chain of Custody. When to call Detectives/Crime Scene Units.
  9. When first responding Officer finds a dead body: what to do, how, & why.
  10. How note-taking methods impact content accuracy & quotations.
  11. Use quality Department report cut & paste statements.
  12. Use quality Agency reports as blueprints for felony & misdemeanor crimes.