Training: Report Writing 101

Dates & Locations

September 7, 2018

Westbrook Police Dept
570 Main St
Westbrook, ME 04092



“Report Writing 101” is a one-day class designed to teach officers the foundations of preparing a quality report. The class starts with defining a police report and the barriers for proper preparation. Students will learn how to avoid common errors in police reports that lower the quality and efficacy of their written work products.

The class uses examples of properly written reports and provides direction on how to prepare, structure, write and proofread reports. Attendees will improve their ability to write police reports through practical experience. Students will also learn to effectively complete warrants affidavits (search & arrest).

Target Audience: Newer police officers or officers struggling to produce solid police reports.

Class Outline:

Defining police reports
Why they are crucial to police work
Proper report preparation
Barriers that prevent quality report writing
Consequences of poorly written reports
Foundations of a quality report

  • Structure
  • Answers: who, what, when, where, why & how
  • Descriptive
  • Contains ALL contact information
  • Uses plain language
  • Complete

Common Grammar mistakes
Descriptive writing (further explained with class exercises)
Documenting Miranda & ALS warnings
More on report structure

  • Using headings
  • Using bullets
  • Templates

Drafting complaints, warrants (search & arrest) & affidavits (search & arrest)
Prosecutor perspective on police reports

If you have any questions regarding this class, or any other classes offered by GSPCC, please contact Tim Jones at 603.247.5071, or at