Training: Report Writing 101

Dates & Locations

Brunswick, ME Class

When: July 29, 2024

            9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where: Bowdoin College

             255 Main St, Brunswick, ME



“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


Cancellation & Refund Policy

GSPCC has a 10-day cancellation policy. Any cancellations less than 10 days from the class start date will not be refunded. Because seating in our courses can be limited, we ask that all cancellations be made at least 10 days prior to the class start date.

We understand there may be exceptions due to unforeseen serious events. If your cancellation is due to a serious issue and is not within 10 days of the first day of the class, GSPCC staff will evaluate the circumstances and work with you on a refund.