Saturday, August 22, 2015

Video

When writing a report, officers should be permitted to view any video of the event prior to writing a report or making a statement.  The purpose of a police report is to provide accurate information for prosecution or as a record of the event.

Not being allowed to watch the video prior to making a statement or writing a report is simple a way for defense attorneys or supervisors to play "gotcha."  It's a way to try and entrap an officer who is confused, has a faulty memory or even is trying to avoid certain aspects of the event.

Video is evidence, no different from fingerprints or property.  There is nothing wrong with an officer inspecting other evidence prior to making a report.  There should be no reason for the officer to not be allowed to watch a video; that's what the SGT Says.

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