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Force Reporting for Every Cop - George T. Williams

Force Reporting for Every Cop

Paperback Published: 22nd December 2005
ISBN: 9780763745523
Number Of Pages: 114

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Every police officer faces the likely possibility of confronting a violent, resisting suspect that will require the officer to use force. The failure to accurately and comprehensively document such an incident could end an officera (TM)s career. Force Reporting for Every Cop provides police officers with the tools they need to prepare comprehensive use-of-force reports that will stand up in court and internal investigations. This book includes detailed background information that will increase the level and quality of an officera (TM)s reporting, as well as a thorough explanation of the documentation required to prove proper field conduct.

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Forewordp. ix
The Need for a New Force Reporting Standardp. 1
Introductionp. 2
Professional Force Responses Require Professional Reportingp. 4
Why a Force Response Narrative Report?p. 5
Creating the Outstanding Force Response Narrative Reportp. 6
Using the Force Response Narrative Report as a Basis for Educating the Juryp. 7
Notesp. 7
Criminal Arrest Reportp. 8
Overview of the Force Response Narrative Reportp. 14
Multiple Reports or a Single Force Response Narrative Report?p. 15
Truthful Reporting of the Factsp. 15
Everyone Must Writep. 15
The Supervisory Role in Force Reportingp. 16
The Need for Policy and Training in the Laws Limiting Police Forcep. 17
The Need for Detailed Reportsp. 17
The Fourth Amendment and Force as a Seizurep. 19
Notesp. 19
Supplementary Offense Reportp. 20
Threshold Eventsp. 23
When to Write a Detailed Force Response Reportp. 24
Defining Threshold Eventsp. 24
Markers of Threshold Eventsp. 24
The Subject Suffered Physical Injuryp. 24
The Subject Suffered Damage to His Propertyp. 25
The Subject Threatens to Suep. 26
Summaryp. 26
Notesp. 26
Criminal Arrest Reportp. 27
The Outstanding Reportp. 31
Complete, Comprehensive, Coordinated, and Compliantp. 32
A Complete Reportp. 32
A Comprehensive Reportp. 33
A Coordinated Reportp. 33
But Other Officers Saw It Differently ... What Then?p. 34
A Compliant Reportp. 34
Summary of an Outstanding Reportp. 35
Precipitous Actsp. 35
Include Graham v. Connor Considerations Within the Force Response Reportp. 36
The Use and Importance of Supplemental Reportsp. 38
Summaryp. 38
Notesp. 38
Criminal Arrest Reportp. 39
Details Within the Force Response Narrative Reportp. 46
General Conceptsp. 47
More Than "Just the Facts, Ma'am"p. 47
Record Each of the Suspect's Precipitous Actsp. 48
Record Each Physical and Emotional Reaction in Overcoming the Suspect's Actions and Resistancep. 48
Be Cautious in the Use of Pronounsp. 51
Avoid the Use of Estimated Measurements of Time and Distancep. 51
Avoid Police Jargon in Police Reportsp. 52
Specific Detailsp. 54
Establish the Reason for the Response Within the Course and Scope of the Law Enforcement Mission During This Callp. 54
Record Prior Information Relating to the Call or Suspectp. 54
Set the Stagep. 55
Record the Suspect's Activities Prior to the Arrest and Force Responsep. 56
Record How You and the Suspect Approached Each Otherp. 56
Record the Suspect's Statements Prior to the Arrest and Force Responsep. 57
Record When and How You Told the Suspect He Was Under Arrestp. 58
Record the Graham v. Connor Considerations Prior to the Force Employmentp. 58
Record the Difference in Physical Odds, If Anyp. 59
Record When Your Field Supervisor Was Notifiedp. 59
Record When Medical Treatment Was Requested and Who Provided Itp. 60
Record When the Handcuffs Were Checked for Tightness and Double-Lockedp. 60
Summaryp. 60
Notesp. 60
Criminal Arrest Reportp. 61
Formatting the Force Response Narrative Reportp. 68
The Importance of Proper Formattingp. 69
Chronological Orderp. 69
Write in the First Personp. 69
List Formatp. 70
Specific Formatting of the Force Response Narrative Reportp. 71
Headingsp. 71
Synopsisp. 72
Narrativep. 72
Injuriesp. 73
Equipment Damagedp. 74
Action Takenp. 75
Summaryp. 75
Criminal Arrest Reportp. 76
Writing the Police Service Dog Force Response Reportp. 83
Only the PSD Handler Describes the PSD as a Force Responsep. 84
Two Uses, and Two Types of Reportsp. 84
Tool of Locationp. 85
Tool of Apprehension or Defensep. 85
Components of a PSD Force Response Narrative Reportp. 85
Tool of Locationp. 85
Tool of Apprehension or Defensep. 86
Summaryp. 88
Notesp. 88
Criminal Arrest Reportp. 89
Collecting Evidence to Prove Proper Conductp. 94
A Proper Collection of Evidencep. 95
Audiotape Recorders Are Our Friends-And Probably the Most Effective Evidence Collection Tool in Law Enforcementp. 95
Taping Suspectsp. 96
Taping Civilian Witnessesp. 96
Taping Officers from Allied Agenciesp. 96
Taping Paramedicsp. 97
Establish a Timelinep. 97
A Photograph Can Be Your Friendp. 98
Photographs of the Suspectp. 98
Photographs of Involved Officersp. 100
Crime Scene Photographsp. 101
Videotaping the Scenep. 101
Do Not Re-enact the Eventp. 101
Turn the Video Camera's Audio Offp. 102
Collect Clothingp. 102
Suspect Clothingp. 102
Officer Clothingp. 102
Holding Evidencep. 102
Notesp. 103
Incident or Supplemental Reportp. 104
Force Response Narrative Report Checklistp. 105
Evidence Collection in the Force Response Incidentp. 108
Indexp. 110
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ISBN: 9780763745523
ISBN-10: 0763745529
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 114
Published: 22nd December 2005
Publisher: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.4 x 21.5  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.31