Modules 1-8 Essay Questions (10 questions, each are worth 15 points each)

  1. On page 9 of the text (Chapter 1) it discusses the common uses and purposes of police reports. Select the TWO that you think are most important and explain why?
  2. What are some of the characteristics of a GOOD police report? Explain your response and how they relate to the chapter 1 content starting on page 11.
  3. Discuss some of the issues associated with taking notes to help officers write and prepare police reports. Notes are brief notations concerning specific events that are recorded while fresh in the officer’s mind and used to prepare a report, what are the practical, legal and ethical issues that could be associated with note taking?
  4. Discuss the importance of the two chronological orders in report writing as defined in the course text. The first is the order you conduct your investigation, and the second is the order of the event. Give examples and explain any exceptions?
  5. The use of the “Active Voice Writing Style” is the easiest way to write clear, concise sentences. Explain the three steps of writing in an active voice as defined in the course text.
  6. Explain the terms and the difference of writing in the “first person” versus the “third person” in a police report, which is preferred in law enforcement reports?
  7. Discuss how the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) is an incident-based reporting system used by law enforcement agencies for collecting and reporting data on crimes. What role do police reports play in the process of tracking crime in our society?
  8. Explain the difference between an “Interview” and an “Interrogation”. Give an example of both terms and how each would be documented in a police report?
  9. As illustrated in the diagram on page 181 of the text, communication requires two people, the speaker and the listener. Provide your thoughts and opinions as to why communication is so important in law enforcement and how communication skills can help, or hinder, a police departments community relations and the level of trust the community has in the local police department?
  10. Examine Case Law: Miranda v. Arizona, 384, U.S. 436 (1966). Almost everyone who has watched a crime drama on television can recall at least one pivotal moment, perhaps at the episode’s climax, when a suspect is arrested and his rights are read to him. What is the Constitutional issue being decided in this case. When is it necessary for officers to read an individual his or her rights? In your opinion, what are the benefits and drawbacks associated with this decision?


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