Strategic Report Writing for Law Enforcement is an eight-hour course designed for patrol officers, detectives, and supervisors. This course prepares officers to write basic reports that will not only withstand scrutiny in court, but will guard law enforcement agencies against liability concerns that stem from poor documentation. Additionally, attendees will learn the aspects of advanced writing tactics – including authoring use of force reports, thorough accounts of domestic violence incidents, OVI, and appropriate disciplinary statements.
This course is for new officers who lack experience writing official narratives, as well as seasoned
officers who have developed poor writing habits which have been left unchecked by supervision.
Topics covered include:
▪ Grammar, spelling, punctuation, and proper English standards;
▪ Writing in the active versus passive voice, and maintaining voice continuity throughout the report;
▪ Properly documenting responses to resistance (i.e., use of force);
▪ Articulating observed facts in a professional fashion for presentation in court;
▪ Eliminating the old ways of documentation (e.g., using "VIC," "SUS," or "COM")
Students will participate in hands-on classroom work and interaction, including small-group
exercises involving writing and correcting actual police reports.
Students will need to bring a portable computer with which they are familiar with the operation and
includes Microsoft® Word - version 2010 or newer – OpenOffice/LibreOffice – version
4 or newer – or Apple Pages – version 5 or newer.
Laptop computer with word processing software
Course dates and locations are now being scheduled.
If your agency is interested in hosting this course, please contact us below.
One (1) day -
7 contact hours:
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Agencies wishing to host this course may contact LEOTTA, LLC. at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at: 216-503-1113.