Report Writing for Court
8 (Four Legal and Four Career Development)
About the course
In this course, students will examine and practice how to write effective reports in use of force, domestic assault, and other challenging cases. Special emphasis is placed on clear articulation of the basis for using force, observations of events and injuries, and careful documentation of potentially exculpatory and Brady evidence. Instruction will include legal issues as well as practical exercises.
The course is taught by a prosecutor with 20 years of experience prosecuting and teaching law enforcement in Virginia and throughout the U.S.. This course is designed for both newer and experienced law enforcement officers who want to make their reports more effective in court as tools of communication with prosecutors, judges, and lawyers in the justice system.