CRJS420 IP4

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You are the chief of detectives of a medium-sized police department. You have been asked by the local police academy to provide a document about writing reports. The topic is about characteristics of a report and why the characteristics are important. Because of your experience in detective work and the importance that it is given to provide clear and concise reports, you want to make sure that the central point of facts and reporting the facts is driven in your document to the police academy. Please answer the following questions to guide you in the composition of your 4–6 page paper. Please justify all answers with academic or real-life empirical, practical criminal justice examples. 1. What are the common law enforcement reports that are used by police officers? 2. Why is writing reports in law enforcement important? Please provide examples to accentuate your answer. 3. Is it important to provide the opinion of the reporting police officer in a report? Why? 4. What are some examples o

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CRJS240-IP4NameClassDateProfessorCRJS240-IP4 The police report is a vital record of the events surrounding the criminal or accident incident. Once a crime or accident occurs the police respond to the scene and then in a report provide a detailed narrative of the events of the crime or accident. This includes sketching or drawing a diagram of the scene and taking statements from witnesses and the victim(s). Police officers use the police report in order to categorize the incident as well as to provide a source of information which is later used to investigate or to assess the incident as well as used in court as a record of what has occurred and what witnesses and victims have said. The police report is important for many different stakeholders in the court process. The police report records crimes and violations and any other incidents in which police have dealings, such as dealing with permits, traffic accidents, domestic incidents, and other cases that are out of the routine or regulation (Young, 2010). The police report is used in court to provide details of the event or can be used by the victim in order to obtain justice. The police report is important to the police and the prosecutor as well as the victims and the criminal defendant. The report is important to police because it acts as an investigatory tool that allows them to investigate what occurred at the time of the crime or the incident. If the police did not have the po

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