Overview Including the right information in your criminal justice reports

Overview

Including the right information in your criminal justice reports depends on many things. It is very important that you develop a habit of asking the right questions in order to collect the right information, taking detailed notes, and always keeping your information organized. You must ensure that the information you put in your reports is specific and accurate in order to ensure individuals are readily identified, facts regarding possible criminal activity lead to or show the necessary probable cause and that any action by law enforcement during the incident or post-incident investigation does not violate anyone’s civil rights or Constitutional protections.

Instructions

To complete this assignment, write a 2–3 page paper in which you:

  • Select one of the criminal justice reports you reviewed in the Week 2 assignment, Create a Criminal Justice Report Job-Aid.
  • Prepare a summary of the essential questions you will need to ask in order to gather the information that must be included in the report.
  • Describe an organizational or note-taking strategy that would facilitate the creation of this report.
  • Explain how the information in the report you have selected would be used to form the basis for a presentation to the District Attorney’s office, or for any arrest or follow-up investigation.
  • Use the Strayer Library to find at least two academic resources. Note: Wikipedia and similar websites are not considered quality references.

This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Identify the most essential pieces of information that should be included in criminal justice reports.
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