English 28 Police Report Writing

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  • 1. 
    Which statement is true of all criminal justice reports?
    • A. 

      They demonstrate officers’ professionalism

    • B. 

      They provide clues for follow-up investigations

    • C. 

      They provide data for statistical studies

    • D. 

      They help justify arrests or disciplinary actions

  • 2. 
    Your report may be read by
    • A. 

      Your supervisor

    • B. 

      A newspaper reporter

    • C. 

      An attorney

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 3. 
    Which of the following must be included in your report
    • A. 

      The name of your supervisor

    • B. 

      The name and address of a close relative for each witness

    • C. 

      The reason you were at the location

    • D. 

      A brief description of the weather at the time of the incident

  • 4. 
    The preparation stage of report writing includes
    • A. 

      Interviewing

    • B. 

      Outlining your report

    • C. 

      Investigating

    • D. 

      A and c

  • 5. 
    The drafting stage of report writing includes
    • A. 

      Organizing your information

    • B. 

      Spellchecking words you’re unsure of

    • C. 

      Investigating

    • D. 

      A and c

  • 6. 
    The revising stage of report writing includes
    • A. 

      Taking notes

    • B. 

      Spellchecking words you’re unsure of

    • C. 

      Verifying information

    • D. 

      B and c

  • 7. 
    When writing a report, officers must sometimes
    • A. 

      Memorize witnesses’ names and addresses

    • B. 

      Insert opinions and hunches

    • C. 

      Blend two sets of stories

    • D. 

      Predict the outcome of an investigation

  • 8. 
    The practice of identifying people at the scene as Witness 1, Witness 2, and so on is
    • A. 

      A good way to ensure objectivity

    • B. 

      A good way to ensure accuracy

    • C. 

      Helpful later when you’re preparing to testify in court

    • D. 

      Not recommended by your book

  • 9. 
    Suppose you searched an inmate’s locker for contraband without finding anything suspicious. You should
    • A. 

      Write a report

    • B. 

      Not waste time writing a report

    • C. 

      Ask your supervisor for advice

    • D. 

      Recheck the list of contraband items to see what you might have missed

  • 10. 
    Suppose you look for footprints at a crime scene without finding any. Your report should
    • A. 

      State that you looked for footprints

    • B. 

      State that you looked for footprints but didn’t find any

    • C. 

      State why you thought there might be footprints at the scene

    • D. 

      Omit any mention of footprints

  • 11. 
    Which is not a category you might think about while preparing to write a report?
    • A. 

      Victims

    • B. 

      Emotions

    • C. 

      Suspects

    • D. 

      Yourself

  • 12. 
    When you’re writing a report, recording hearsay may be
    • A. 

      A waste of time

    • B. 

      Inappropriate

    • C. 

      Useful for further investigation

    • D. 

      Unprofessional

  • 13. 
    Dealing with a victim’s emotions
    • A. 

      Should be done first

    • B. 

      Should be avoided

    • C. 

      Is beyond the scope of an officer’s duties

    • D. 

      Is unprofessional

  • 14. 
    Using quotation marks when you’re taking notes
    • A. 

      Is unprofessional

    • B. 

      Can create confusion when you’re writing your report

    • C. 

      Can be helpful in identifying someone’s exact words later

    • D. 

      Casts doubt upon your objectivity

  • 15. 
    When slang is recorded in a report,
    • A. 

      The officer looks unprofessional

    • B. 

      The officer looks uneducated

    • C. 

      The officer is wasting time

    • D. 

      Explanations of unfamiliar words and phrases may be needed

  • 16. 
    Establishing probable cause is especially important in a
    • A. 

      Type 1 report

    • B. 

      Type 2 report

    • C. 

      Type 3 report

    • D. 

      Type 4 report

  • 17. 
    Which of the following should not be included in a report?
    • A. 

      Point of entry or exit

    • B. 

      Your theory about how the crime was committed

    • C. 

      Signs of trauma

    • D. 

      Steps taken to secure the crime scene

  • 18. 
    When two officers are working a crime scene, the report should note
    • A. 

      Who did the interviews

    • B. 

      Assurances that they did not get in each other’s way

    • C. 

      Evidence that they are an effective team

    • D. 

      Which officer took the lead

  • 19. 
    Controlling an interview with a witness
    • A. 

      Is insensitive

    • B. 

      Is sometimes necessary

    • C. 

      Requires permission from a supervisor

    • D. 

      Can cause you to be charged with misconduct

  • 20. 
    Carrying a small notebook in a pocket
    • A. 

      Can damage your uniform

    • B. 

      Requires permission from a supervisor

    • C. 

      Can be helpful in an emergency

    • D. 

      Is not a recommended practice

  • 21. 
    Writing the terms “Victim 1, Victim 2” instead of actual names
    • A. 

      Testifies to your professionalism

    • B. 

      Ensures objectivity

    • C. 

      Can cause confusion

    • D. 

      Makes reports read smoothly

  • 22. 
    The events that happened at a crime scene are
    • A. 

      Recorded in the narrative

    • B. 

      Recorded in the disposition

    • C. 

      Not written down unless there’s a possibility of confusion later

    • D. 

      Left to your supervisor to record

  • 23. 
    If you’re using a printed form or a computer template to write your report, you probably
    • A. 

      Won’t need a narrative

    • B. 

      Won’t need an opening sentence

    • C. 

      Won’t have to establish probable cause

    • D. 

      Don’t need to be concerned about completeness

  • 24. 
    According to your book, the “5W” questions can be help you to
    • A. 

      Remember who was at a crime scene

    • B. 

      Remind you why became an officer in the first place

    • C. 

      Handle flashbacks in a report

    • D. 

      Establish probable cause

  • 25. 
    In a report, flashbacks
    • A. 

      Are an issue with users of illegal substances

    • B. 

      Are jumps backward and forward in time

    • C. 

      Are moments when the officer remembers something that needs to be reported

    • D. 

      Are memories of previous crime scenes