Here is a sample report that belongs in the Type 1 category because it’s a “Just the facts, Ma’am” type of report. There’s no investigation or intervention. You interview a witness or victim and write down the information, and you’re finished. You might write a Type 1 report after a citizen reports that her bicycle was stolen. (To learn more about the four types of reports, click here.)
Incident reports also fall into this category.
In this type of report, your narrative may be very brief because you don’t do an investigation or make an arrest. You simply record the facts.
Here’s a review of the characteristics of a Type 1 report:
|Event||Officer’s role||Probable cause?||Information needed||Special requirements|
|The crime or incident happened before you arrived||Record what happened (break-in, assault, etc.)||Not needed if citizen requests assistance||Piece together and accurately record events that happened before you arrived||Accuracy, logical order of events, and completeness|
And here’s a sample Type 1 report:
At 5:22 p.m. on May 12, 2010, I was dispatched to 239 Carol Avenue regarding a theft. Lawrence Cooper (DOB 7-15-1987) reported that his son David’s bicycle had been stolen.
Cooper told me:
-David (DOB 11-04-2001) had brought the bicycle into the carport the evening before (May 11).
-The bicycle wasn’t locked.
-The bicycle is a blue Sears bicycle with black tires and black handlebars.
-The bicycle is three years old.
David went to the carport after school to ride the bicycle. He saw the bicycle was missing. When his father came home, David told him that the bike had been stolen. Lawrence called the police at 5:20.
No one was home all day. Neither David nor Lawrence knows when the bicycle was stolen. They don’t remember whether it was in the carport this morning. They did not hear any unusual noises last night.