Writing Police Reports

Assume that a traffic stop resulted in arresting someone for 15 g of heroin possession:

No witness statements are available.
The heroin seized totaled was 15 grams and field tested positive.
Assume that he was cooperative.
Assume the offense occurred in Michigan.

– What should be the 3 main components of an initial report?
– Which of the 3 components do you feel is the most important?
– What are the functions of the narrative section of a report?
– Do you feel that the narrative is important?
– How should a narrative section should be written?
– What challenges do you think can exist due to a poorly written narrative on a police report?
– What best practices should employed when writing police reports.


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