WRITING A POLICE REPORT

United States
October 9, 2006 5:46pm CST
I AM TAKING A college LEVEL POLICE REPORT WRITING CLASS, AND MY INSTRUCTOR SAYS I AM BEING TO OPINIONATED. DOES ANYONE HAVE AN EXAMPLE I COULD USE?
6 responses
• United States
24 Oct 06
A police report should not contain any opinions at all just the facts, it is basically a statement overview of everything that occured at the incident. Basically answer Who what when where and why and thats it. hope this helps
@Bugsey (775)
• United States
24 Oct 06
it's like making a news story - stick to the facts and never give your personal opinion.
@srhelmer (6930)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
24 Oct 06
The easiest way to do it is write in third person. In other words instead of writing "I saw the person enter the window." Write "Officer HBDOCSURFER saw the person entering the window." It's harder to be opinionated if you take yourself personally out of the report.
@happygal68 (3277)
• United States
24 Oct 06
Here is a sample of one: http://www.geocities.com/frankie_meehan/PoliceReport.htm Hope this helps.
@bayboy (989)
• United States
21 Oct 06
I dont know how to do this yet!
@bhchy1 (6052)
• United States
19 Oct 06
Your not allowed to have an opinion in police reports, just the staements of those involved and any other facts.
@HerShe (2386)
• Canada
19 Oct 06
I have never written a police report. I have though taken courses in observation. I would think a police report would need to contain just the facts, not opinions. You need to keep your bias out of a report, then you won't be considered opinionated.