Just the Facts: Investigative Report Writing

Just the Facts: Investigative Report Writing, 5th edition

  • Michael Biggs

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Overview

Just the Facts brings together all of the simple rules and techniques you need to write effective investigative reports in law enforcement. Its user-friendly methodology works in any context, with any crime, regardless of the case’s complexity. Learn how to write arrest reports, search warrants, interviews and more.

Published by Pearson (July 14th 2021) - Copyright © 2016

ISBN-13: 9780137502219

Subject: Criminal Justice

Category: Writing for Criminal Justice

Table of contents

Preface  ix
Acknowledgments  x
1. Investigation Basics
Role of an Investigative Report
Who Is an Investigator? 
What Is an Investigation? 
When Does an Investigation Occur? 
Administrative Investigations 
The Steps in Initiating an Investigation 
The Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of Investigations 
The Qualities of a Superior Investigator
The Average Person Test
Reasonable Particularity     
2. The Rules of Narrative Writing
The First Rule of Narrative Writing-First Person
The Second Rule of Narrative Writing-Past Tense
The Third Rule of Narrative Writing-Active Voice
The Fourth Rule of Narrative Writing-Chronological Order
The Fifth Rule of Narrative Writing-Short, Clear, Concise, and Concrete Words 
Other Writing Considerations
3. Note Taking
The Importance of Field Notes
Basic Uses of Field Notes
The Mechanics of Note Taking
Types of Notebooks
Accessing the Information
What Should Be Included
Recording Notes
4. Describing Persons and Property
Categorizing People for a Report
Assessing Weights and Measurements
Interviewing for Suspect Descriptions
Describing Property in a Report
The Average Person Test
Photos and Sketches
Determining Property Value
Writing Evidence Reports
Describing Evidence
Evidence Report Formats
Establishing the Chain of Custody
5. Crime Reports
Purpose of a Crime Report
Completing Crime Reports
Supplemental Reports
6. Arrest Reports
Documenting the Arrest
Arrest Report Styles
Completing the Arrest Report
Report Formats
7. Writing the Interview
The Purpose of the Interview
Preparing for the Interview
Conducting the Interview
Writing the Interview
8. Writing Search Warrants
Search Warrants
The Warrant Process
How to Write a Warrant
Writing the Affidavit
Including Expert Opinions
The Return to the Warrant
9. Issues in Writing 
Record Management Systems
Need for Effective Report Writing
Fact or Opinion? 
When Opinions Are Appropriate 
Documenting Responses to Miranda Rights 
Eye Witness Identifications
Documenting Field Show Ups 
Eyewitness Identifications
Reader Use Conflict 
The Approval Process
             
             Glossary 
             Index

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