SRJC Course Outlines

7/15/2024 10:14:36 PMAJ 52 Course Outline as of Fall 1981

New Course (First Version)

Discipline and Nbr:  AJ 52Title:  POLICE RPT WRIT-CP5  
Full Title:  Police Report Writing - CP5
Last Reviewed:4/9/2012

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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Techniques of communicating facts, information, and ideas effectively in a simple, clear, accurate, complete, and logical manner in the various types of criminal justice system reports, letters, memoranda, directives, and administrative reports; emphasis on criminal justice terminology, use of English and organization of information; practice experience in note taking and report writing presentations of testimony in court.

AJ 50 and AJ 51A completed or in progress.

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Mechanics of police report writing. Types of  reports and their application to the justice system.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:AJ 50 and AJ 51A completed or in progress.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:Fall 2012
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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   The students will:
   A. Develop an understanding of the various uses of police reports
      which include:
      1. Providing information to investigators, prosecutors, defense
         attorneys and other entities.
      2. Assisting officers in refreshing their memory before testifying
      3. Serving as reference documents for officers testifying at
         preliminary hearings regarding statements made by victims,
         witnesses, and other involved parties
      4. Providing data for criminal justice researchers who are
         studying and reporting on the activities of the criminal justice
      5. Documenting events which involve potential civil liability
   B. demonstrate the ability to write reports that conform to accepted
      professional standards (e.g. recording of all relevant information,
      use of first person, use of active voice, etc.)
   C. demonstrate the ability to take field notes that include the
      information needed to complete a crime or incident report (e.g.
      description of suspects, names of victims and witnesses, etc.)
   D. demonstrate the ability to reduce observations and other informa-
      tion to clear, concise, logically organized reports that are read-
      able and relatively free of mechanical errors
   E. Complete required instruction in Investigative Report Writing
      (L.D.18) as required by Training Specifications for the Basic Law
      Enforcement Course as mandated by the Calif. Commission on Peace
      Officer Standards & Training (Minimum 40 hrs.)
   While the curriculum will provide instruction in improving writing
   skills, the goals of report writing instruction do not include the
   development of command of the English language.

Topics and Scope
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 I. What is a report?
   A. How crime, incident and arrest reports are used by the criminal
      justice system (L.D. 18.2A)
II. Notetaking (L.D. 18.2B)
III.Writing crime reports
   A. Characteristics of an acceptable law enforcement report(L.D.18.2C)
   B. Organization and structure of report narratives (L.D.18.2.D)
   C. Anticipating defenses which are likely to be asserted by a suspect
   D. General content requirements of crime, incident, and arrest reports
      1) & 2) LD18.2.F)
   E. Understanding the difference between facts and inferences (LD18.2G)
   F. Elements of clear writing to include: (L.D.18.2I)
      1. Logical relationships between narrative elements
      2. Chronological sequencing of events
      3. Natural vocabulary
      4. Active voice
      5. First person
   G. Review of basic writing mechanics to include: (L.D.18.2H)
      1. Spelling
      2. Puncuation
      3. Grammar
      4. Word Choice
      5. Syntax
IV. Minimal Standards in 5.5.2. (Exercise - Arrest Reports (L.D.18.3A)
   A. Given a depiction of an arrest situation which is based upon a
      POST-developed video re-enactment or scenario, or an equivalent
      academy-devleoped video, simulation, or scenario, the student will
      generate an acceptable report in class.  The report must reflect
      an arrest situation which minimally incorporates: (9-1-93)
      1. Elements of a crime
      2. Probable cause to stop
      3. Probable cause to search/seize
      4. Recovery of evidence
      5. Probable cause to arrest
      6. Admonishment of the suspect, if appropriate
V. Minimal Standards in 5.5.3 (Exercise-Investigative Reports(L.D.18.3B)
   A. Given a depiction of a criminal investigation which is based upon
      a POST-developed video re-enactment or scenario, or an equivalent
      academy-developed video, simulation, or scenario, the student will
      generate an acceptable report in class.  The report must reflect a
      criminal investigation which minimally incorporates: (9-1-93)
      1. Elements of a crime
      2. Statements of victim(s) and/or witness(es)
      3. Pertinent crime scene details
      4. Physical evidence
IV.Learning Activity 13.18.1-Practice Reports (L.D.18.4A through C)
   A. Students will be required to generate five practice reports based
      on either POST-developed video re-enactments of crimes, investiga-
      tions or law enforcement-related incidents, or based upon equiva-
      lent simulations, scenarios or videotape depictions developed by
      the academy.
   B. The events selected should require reports reflecting a progressive
      level of difficulty (e.g., from a simple unwitnessed crime to
      more complex events involving the articulation of probable cause
      to stop, probable cause to arrest, statements of witnesses, etc.)
   C. Formal feedback to the student regarding the quality of the report
      - The purpose of requiring feedback is to provide ongoing evalua-
      tion and documentation of student strengths and weaknesses so that
      the student is able to progressively improve.

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  1.  Notebook requirement.
 2.  Quizzes over classroom lecture material.
 3.  Writing reports.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
20 - 70%
Written homework, Reading reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 50%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 30%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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  Report writing manual.

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