Type 1 Sample Report

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.

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:

Type 1

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 you happened before you arrived Accuracy logical order of events, and completeness

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:

  1. David (DOB 11-04-2001) had brought the bicycle into the carport the evening before (May 11).
  2. The bicycle wasn’t locked.
  3. The bicycle is a blue Sears bicycle with black tires and black handlebars.
  4. 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.

8 thoughts on “Type 1 Sample Report

    1. Jean Post author

      Can you give me more information about what you’re looking for, Kevin? What do you mean by “informal report”?

    1. Jean Post author

      Look on the right side of the home page for this website. You’ll see a heading “Free Police Writing Course.” Start there, and you’ll get a good introduction to report writing. All the presentations are short and written in everyday language. You can also click on some of the other links to see some actual reports. Browse the website – there are lots of materials here to help you. And let me put in a plug for my book! It’s reasonably priced ($17.96) and thoroughly covers the skills you need to learn: http://amzn.com/1470164450

    1. Jean Post author

      They’re posted all over the website! Take a look at the list on the right – you’ll see many reports there.


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