Here’s a sample domestic violence report that falls into the Type 3 category. (Many domestic violence reports fall into the Type 3 category because the officer becomes part of the story that develops during the call.)
|Event||Officer’s Role||Probable cause?||Information needed||Challenges||Special Requirements|
|Crime requires investigation and intervention||You are asked to become involved in a developing event (such as a domestic disturbance)||Must be documented if a third party makes the report||Story, plus investigation and results, plus your words and actions||Three stories must be blended:History (before you arrived)Developing story(what the you saw and heard)Your story (how the you handled the incident).Don’t record your thinking process.||If a story is developing when you arrive, be sure to include what you saw and heard as soon as you got there (screaming, crying, shooting).Also note what onlookers told you.|
Here’s a sample report:
At 0815 hours on 4 January 2010, I, Officer John Brown #547, was dispatched to a domestic disturbance at 301 Crown Place, Smithville.
I arrived at the house at 0820 hours. A neighbor was standing on the front lawn. The neighbor (Karen Lynch, WF, DOB 3/14/74) said she called the police when she heard screams coming from the house.
I knocked on the front door and called out “Police officer.” I heard a woman’s voice yell, “I hate you! I hate you!” I heard a man’s voice yell, “Shut your trap, you stupid bitch.” No one answered the door. I tried the knob. The door was unlocked, and I entered the living room.
A woman (Jane Brown, WF, DOB 8/15/81) was sitting on the sofa. There was a red mark on her right cheek. Her lips were trembling. Her face was wet, and her eye makeup was smeared. A man (Tim Brown, WM, DOB 11/13/79) was standing over her. His fists were clenched.
I said, “What’s the problem here?” and asked Tim to sit down in an armchair on the other side of the room. Tim told me, “Leave us alone. This is our house. It’s none of your business.” I again asked him to sit down, and he went to the armchair.
Jane Brown told me:
- She and Tim are married.
- She came home late from work and rushed to cook dinner.
- Tim became angry when he came to the table.
- He said he hated her cooking.
- Tim threw his pork chop at the wall.
- She jumped up from her seat and yelled that nothing she did was ever good enough for him.
- He slapped her on her right cheek.
Tim Brown told me:
- Jane cared more about her job and spending money than making a nice home.
- He slapped her and would do it again.
Tim Brown then walked over to the sofa and slapped Jane on her right cheek. He said, “I’m in charge here.”
I told Tim to go into the kitchen and sit down at the table there. He went into the kitchen and sat down. I called for a backup.
Officer Susan Clark #423 arrived at 0835 hours. She photographed Jane’s face with her cell phone camera and handed Jane a victim’s booklet. Jane said she did not need medical attention. Clark explained state attorney procedures to Jane.
I arrested Tim and read him the Miranda warning from my card. Clark and I put him into my patrol car, and I drove him to the station.