Friday, August 14, 2015

The Law

When writing a major report, take a moment to review the law the suspect is alleged to have violated.  Every law is different and has different elements.  You want to make sure that the suspect has met all the elements of the crime.

You need to put each act in the report that shows the suspect violated each element.  The law is very specific and lawyers, the DA and others will look for these elements.  It can be embarrassing to miss putting one in your report that the suspect did.

It is also embarrassing to have charged the suspect with the wrong crime or worse, charging the suspect with a crime they did not commit.  Knowledge of the law and report writing are basic police skills; that's what the SGT Says.

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