Course Catalogue

Report Writing

Report Writing

Report writing is a skill often undervalued by officers. In reality, the ability write an effective report can be one of the most important elements of an investigation - a well written report can convey complex information in a logical and comprehensive manner and can form the most important link in the judicial chain. Furthermore, writing an effective report is an opportunity to showcase investigation skills, critical thinking abilities, and strategic approaches to policing.

Report Writing instructs on how to communicate information in a logical, concise, and accurate manner. In addition to exploring the importance of reports in investigative and judicial processes, it also examines strategies to improve the quality of writing skills, including grammar and report structure.

 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Evaluate your report writing and either list or make improvements
  • Paraphrase the importance of writing clear and concise reports
  • Explain the complexity of writing reports and the volume of writing officers complete on a daily basis
  • Discuss how your investigative abilities are expressed through your report writing
  • Recognize the link between your notes and your report writing
  • Identify potential issues that pose an ethical issue
  • Discuss the police report pathway
  • Assess your investigation using the Evidence, Belief, Action (EBA) cycle
  • Use the EBA cycle to analyze evidence, form your beliefs, and take the appropriate actions
  • List all necessary information in your report
  • List all charges, the count, criminal code section, date, time, and place
  • Provide and describe any evidence to support your charge(s)
  • List all persons involved (civilian and sworn)
  • Describe the involvement of all persons listed (civilian and sworn)
  • Complete an investigative summary by including information about who, what, where, why, and the elements of the charge
  • Recall that reports are read and reviewed by others
  • Evaluate your reports and determine whether or not they are complete
  • Apply the Goals, Objectives, Strategies (GOS) model to report writing
  • Recall that reports need to be concise, accurate, and logical
  • Demonstrate the GOS model by writing quickly and include a lot of information in a way that is easy to understand
  • Construct a clear and concise report that is chronological in order
  • Construct a report that links the events to the charges
  • Construct a report that describes the events in chronological order
  • Construct a report that articulates the occurrence clearly for the reader
  • Apply the Relevance, Structure, Precision (RSP) model
  • Apply strategies to improve the quality of your report
  • Apply grammatical strategies to improve the quality of your writing
  • Use information in the module to further improve writing skills
  • Use information to further develop investigative knowledge

 

Target Audience

This course is designed for all police officers and investigative personnel.

 

Content Provider

The content for this course was developed by Alberta Justice and Solicitor General in collaboration with Edmonton Police Service and other agencies.


Price: $25.00

Content Provider: Alberta Justice and Solicitor General

Language: English

Length: 20 minutes


Release Date: 2013-07-19