Domestic Violence Scenario

This domestic violence scenario will generate a Type 3 police report because the officer becomes part of the developing story. Use this scenario to write a report, and then click here to compare your version to a completed report.

You were dispatched to Apt. 102 at 300 S. Parker Road at 1 a.m. on today’s date. A neighbor called the police to report a disturbance.

You arrive, park near the lobby, and look for the apartment. After you find it, you ring the bell. A man’s voice shouts, “Shut up and leave us alone.” You ring again and announce that you’re a police officer. A man, Barry Chinkowski, opens the door and lets you in. You see a woman who’s sitting on the sofa, staring at the floor.

He is very apologetic and says nothing is wrong. You ask the woman, Sally Chinkowski, if she’s all right. She nods. You notice a bruise on her right cheek.

The man repeats that nothing is wrong and orders you to leave. He says you’re trespassing and he will call an attorney. You call for a backup.

Eight minutes later, Officer Winifred Paltrey arrives. She takes Sally into the bedroom for questioning. You ask Barry what happened.

He tells you they had a little disagreement about money. She made several mistakes recording checks, and three checks bounced. The large bank fees upset him. “I may have lost my cool,” he says.

Officer Paltrey returns from the bedroom with Sally. Paltrey says that Barry pushed Sally against the wall and slapped her on her right cheek.

You arrest Barry and read him his Miranda rights. Officer Paltrey gives Sally a victim’s booklet and a case number. You and Paltrey place Barry in your vehicle, and you drive him to jail for booking.

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6 thoughts on “Domestic Violence Scenario

  1. Adam Beal

    On March 1, 2016 at approximately 0100 hours, I Officer Beal responded to 300 South Park Drive Apt. 102, Palm Bay Florida, 32907 in reference to a disturbance.
    Upon arrival, I met with Sally Chinkowski (Victim) who advised the following in summary:
    Sally and her husband Barry Chinkowski were having a verbal argument about money. Barry then pushed Sally up against the wall and opened handed struck Sally on the right cheek. Sally had a bruise on her right cheek.
    I then made contact with Barry Chinkowski (Suspect) who advised the following in summary:
    He and his wife Sally Chinkowski had a verbal argument about money. Sally had made serval mistakes, which lead to a large bank fee. Barry said, ”I may have lost my cool”, but he did not touch Sally. He does not know how Sally got the bruise on his right cheek.
    The Sally Chinkowski didn’t want to be contacted by a domestic violence advocate.
    The following was completed for Sally Chinkowski, a notice of legal rights and remedies, a domestic violence worksheet, and victim rights pamphlet.
    Photographs of all injuries from Sally Chinkowski was taken and was placed into property and evidence.
    I determined to be the primary aggressor in this incident Chad Chinkowski was placed under arrest and transported to the Palm Bay Police Department for the booking process.
    Chad Chinkowski was turn over to the Brevard County Jail Complex.
    Case Status Closed

    Enclosures:
    923.01/Cost Recovery
    Property Sheet Chad Chinkowski
    Domestic Violence worksheet
    CD with photographs Sally Chinkowski B01

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    1. Adam Beal

      On March 1, 2016 at approximately 0100 hours, I Officer Beal responded to 300 South Park Drive Apt. 102, Palm Bay Florida, 32907 in reference to a disturbance.
      Upon arrival, I met with Sally Chinkowski (Victim) who advised the following in summary:
      Sally and her husband Barry Chinkowski were having a verbal argument about money. Barry then pushed Sally up against the wall and open-handed struck Sally on the right cheek. Sally had a bruise on her right cheek.
      I then made contact with Barry Chinkowski (Suspect) who advised the following in summary:
      He and his wife Sally Chinkowski had a verbal argument about money. Sally had made several mistakes, which lead to a large bank fee. Barry said, ”I may have lost my cool”, but he did not touch Sally. He does not know how Sally got the bruise on her right cheek.
      Sally Chinkowski did not want to be contacted by a domestic violence advocate.
      The following was completed for Sally Chinkowski: a notice of legal rights and remedies, a domestic violence worksheet, and a victim rights pamphlet.
      Photographs of all injuries from Sally Chinkowski were taken and were placed into property and evidence.
      I determined the primary aggressor in this incident to be Barry Chinkowski. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Palm Bay Police Department for the booking process.
      Barry Chinkowski was turned over to the Brevard County Jail Complex.
      Case Status Closed

      Enclosures:
      923.01/Cost Recovery
      Property Sheet Barry Chinkowski
      Domestic Violence worksheet
      CD with photographs of Sally Chinkowski B01

      Adam Beal second draft

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      1. jdancer

        You corrected some mistakes but not all. If you disagree with some of the points I made, please say so – don’t just pass over them!
        Use normal English.
        “Advised” is wrong – it means “give advice.” Use “said” or “told me.”
        “Made contact” is wrong. It could mean slapped, phoned, emailed, or talked to. Be specific: “I talked to Barry Chinkowski.”
        Never use passive voice in a police report. Your report omits who took the pictures of Sally and who drove Barry to jail.
        You should write: “I photographed Sally….” “I transported Barry Chinkowski….”
        Your -ed endings are better in this version!
        But I’m wondering why you didn’t make the other changes I asked for.

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  2. Traquan Jackson

    At 1 a.m. on today’s date, I was dispatched to apartment, 102 at 300 S. Parker Road. The neighbor called the police to report a disturbance.

    I arrived parked near the lobby and look for the apartment. I find the apartment and ring the doorbell. A man’s voice yelled, “ Shut up and leave us alone.” I ring the bell again and announce I’m the police. A man named Barry Chinkowkski opens the door and let’s me in. I saw a woman sitting on the sofa, staring at the floor.

    He tells me nothing is wrong. I ask Mrs. Sally Chinkowski ” if she is alright.” She nods. I saw a bruise on her right cheek.

    Mr. Chinkowski repeats that nothing is wrong and orders you to leave. He tells me I’m trespassing and he going to call his attorney. I call for backup.

    Eight minutes later, Officer Winifred Paltrey arrives. Officer Paltrey takes Sally in the bedroom for questioning. I questioned Barry on what happened.

    Barry tells me there was a little disagreement about money. Barry told me she made mistakes recording checks, and three checks bounced. Barry said the large bank fees upset him. Barry said, “ I may have lost my cool.”

    Officer Paltrey returned with Sally from the bedroom. Officer Paltrey informed me Barry pushed Sally into the wall and slapped her on her right cheek.

    I arrested Barry and read him his rights. Officer Paltrey gives Sally a victim’s booklet and case number. Officer Paltrey and I placed Barry in my patrol car and I drove him to jail.

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  3. Jean Post author

    Hi, Traquan – good report overall. Be sure to read the version I posted and compare it to yours. You’ll notice some errors (for example, your version had some past-tense verb mistakes).

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