ADMJ 68 Criminal Justice Report Writing (3)
Credit, Degree Applicable
This course will introduce students to relevant paradigms and issues related to producing accurate and objective investigative police reports. Students will learn the criminal justice report writing process that includes accurate note taking during the interview and interrogation process and the completion of legally sufficient criminal justice system reports inclusive of police reports, presentencing reports, and/or probation or parole reports. This course requires intensive writing assignments and deadlines.
Offered Spring semesters
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Outcome 1: Describe the different types of criminal justice reports inclusive of citations, police reports, search warrants, presentencing reports, probation reports, parole reports, and internal memorandums.
- Outcome 2: Discuss the importance of timely, accurate, objective, and complete investigative reports within the criminal justice system
- Outcome 3: Understand and analyze the broad implications of cross cultural competency in the interviewing and interrogation process.
- Outcome 4: Discuss and demonstrate the proper preparation for complex interviews and interrogations to develop a coherent investigative report.
- Outcome 5: Use proper note taking as well as possible tape recording or video recording techniques in the interview and interrogation process.
- Outcome 6: Understand and discuss the legal significance of proper note taking and adherenceto constitutional standards of interview and interrogations.
- Outcome 7: Use appropriate grammatical conventions in investigative reports (e.g., firstperson, past tense, and active voice in a chronological sequence).
- Outcome 8: Analyze conventions of categorizing and assessing people, weights and measures when note-taking and conducting interview and interrogations.
- Outcome 9: Describe the proper use of sketches, photos, and videos in the documentation of relevant evidentiary items and/or crime scenes.
- Outcome 10: Describe and use proper follow up procedures when sending citations, memorandums, investigative reports, and search warrants through the proper channels.
- Outcome 11: Evaluate proper inclusion of opinions where they are relevant and legally appropriate in investigative report narratives.