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Domestic Violence Scenario

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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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16 Responses

  1. On december 20, 20012. at aproximately 2100 huors. I was dispatch to 300 S. Parker road aparment # 102 regarding a domestic dispute. I arrived at the mentioned address at aproximately 2110 hours. I parked the my black and white patrol car close by the lobby. I started to look for apparment # 102.

    At aproximately 2115 I found appartment # 102. I rang the door bell. A male voice shouts out loud, “shut up and leave us alone”. I rang the door bell one more time and announce my self as a police officer. A man later identified as berry chinkowski open the door and ask me to come in. As I was entering the apparment I saw a woman later identified as Sally Chinkowski sitting on the sofa looking down.

    Barry was very apologistic and repitting that nothing was wrong. I asked Sally if she was ok. she nods. I notice that Sally had a bruice on her right cheek. As I was asking Sally what had happen, Barry suddenly interrupted us and said that nothing was wrong and asked me to leave or he was going to call his Atorney and charge me for tresspasing his property.

    I called dispatch over the radio and requested for another unit. Officer Paltrey arrive to the scene at aproximately eight minutes. Officer Paltrey took Sally to a different room for questioning about what happened. I starter to question Barry. Barry told me that he and Sally had a disageement about money. Barry told me that Sally made a mistake on several checks causing to bounce three of the checks. Berry said that the high fees from the bank upset him very much.he said thats why he lost his coolness.

    At aproximately five minutes later. Oficcer Paltrey returned with Sally. Officer Paltrey and I were talking about both statements for a couple minutes.Officer Paltrey and I decided to arrest Barry for for pushing Sally to the wall and for slaping her on her right cheek.

    I placed Barry in hundcuff checked double lock and propper tihgness.i read Barry his miranda rights. I told Barry that he was getting arrested for domestic violence.

    Officer Paltrey gave Sally a victim’s booklet and case # for future reference. Officer Paltrey and I took Barry to my black and white patrol car. I transported Barry to the jail for proper booking.

    Nothing further.

    • You told the story very well!
      You can eliminate unnecessary words in several places. If an action is obvious, omit it. Most police officers are very busy.
      Start every sentence with a capital letter.
      Use your spellchecker.
      Take your time and double-check everything. For example, you spelled Barry two ways. You spelled apartment two ways.
      Stick to past tense (“nodded” instead of “nod,” for example).
      Periods and commas always go inside quotation marks. No exceptions.
      Ask a friend who’s a good writer to go over every report before you hand it in. Over time you’ll become more comfortable with written English and start to write more professional reports.

  2. On 06/10/2013 at approximately 0100 hours, I responded to 300 South Parker Road; apartment 102 in reference to disturbance.

    After arriving on scene, I located apartment 102 and rang the doorbell. I heard an unknown male yell, “Shut up and leave us alone!” I rang the doorbell again and identified myself as a police officer. The male subject, later identified as Barry Chinkowski, opens the door and allows me into the apartment. I immediately notice a female, later identified as Sally Chinkowski, sitting on the sofa and staring at the floor. Barry apologized several times and advised nothing was wrong. I asked Sally if she was alright and she remained quiet and nodded. I could see a bruise located on the right cheek of her face. Barry intervened and again stated “nothing is wrong” and ordered me to leave. Barry continued to state that I was trespassing and that he would call his attorney. I called dispatch and advised I needed another unit to my location in reference to Barry becoming agitated and for officer safety purposes.

    Approximately eight minutes later, Officer Winifred Paltrey arrived on scene and escorted Sally into the bedroom for questioning. I direct my attention to Barry at this time and asked him what happened. Barry stated that Sally made several mistakes recording checks, causing three of the checks to bounce. The mistake caused bank fees to accrue and Barry stated he became upset because of the fees. Barry stated, “I may have lost my cool.”

    Officer Paltrey returned from the bedroom a few moments later, advising Barry pushed Sally against the wall and struck her in the face with an open hand on her right cheek. Officer Paltrey provided Sally with a Victims Rights pamphlet and obtained a written statement. Barry was placed into double locked handcuffs and he was read his Miranda Rights. Barry was then placed into the back of my patrol vehicle and transported to the_____ Police Department for booking purposes. A report was completed.

    • Nice job! Thorough, professional!
      A couple of pointers: Be careful to add -ed endings to your verbs (opened, allowed, dispatched, stated, directed).
      PLEASE: all right is two words. “Alright” is never correct. Please don’t spell “all right” that way.
      “Advise” means “counsel.” Use “state” or “said” when someone tells you something. Save “advise” for situations when you counsel someone: “I advised him to see a doctor about the cut.”
      Use active voice so that it’s clear who did what: “I placed Barry into the back of my patrol vehicle.”

  3. On 12/22/2013 I, D/S John Smith was dispatched to 30 S. Parker Road Apt. 102 in reference to a dispute that might be physical.

    Upon my arrival I rang the doorbell and heard a man’s voice(later identified as Barry Chinlowsky) state “Shut up and leave us along”. I rang the doorbell again and announced myself as a deputy sheriff.

    Barry opened the door and I walked in. I asked was everything alright. I saw a female(later identified as Sally Chinlowsky) sitting on the sofa staring at the floor and shaking. I asked her if everything was alright and she said “Yes”. I noticed a bruise on the right side of her cheek.

    I spoke with Barry and he told me”There’s nothing wrong and you need to get out of my house before I call my attorney”. I called for backup. Approximately eight minutes later D/S James Black arrived. Black took Sally to the back bedroom to interview her.

    I asked Barry what happened. He told me they were arguing about money. According to him, Sally made a mistake in recording the checks they wrote and three bounced. The high bank fees made me upset and I lost my cool.

    Wilcox returned and he told me Barry pushed Sally against the wall and slapped her in the face. Based on the statement and the evidence that was present, I placed Barry under arrest for Battery Domestic. I read Barry his Miranda rights and he was transported without any further incident.

  4. At approximately 0100 hours on January 23, 2014, I was dispatched to Apartment 102 at 300 S. Parker Road for a possible disturbance call.
    I arrived on scene and parked near the lobby. Once I located the apartment, I rang the doorbell and a man’s voice shouted, “Shut up and leave us alone.” I rang the doorbell a second time and identified myself as a police officer. A man, later identified as, Barry CHINKOWSKI, opened the door and let me in. As I entered the apartment, I saw a woman sitting on the sofa staring at the floor.
    At this point, Barry became very apologetic and said, “Nothing is wrong.” I turn my attention to the woman, who was later identified as, Sally CHINKOSKI (Wife) and ask if she is all right. Sally nodded and I noticed a bruise on her right cheek.
    Barry started to become defensive and reiterated nothing is wrong. Barry said, “You are trespassing and I will call an attorney.” I call for backup.
    Approximately eight minutes later, Officer Winifred PALTREY arrived. PALTREY took Sally into the bedroom for questioning. I looked at Barry and asked what happened. Barry told me they had a disagreement about money. He went on to say Sally made several mistakes recording checks and three bounced. The large bank fees upset him and Barry stated, “I may have lost my cool.”
    Shortly after, Officer PALTREY returned from the bedroom with Sally. Officer PALTREY told me that Barry pushed Sally against the wall and slapped her on her right cheek.
    I placed Barry under arrest for domestic violence and read him his Miranda Rights. Officer PALTREY gave Sally a victim’s booklet and case number before we left. We escorted Barry to my patrol vehicle and I transport him to the station for further processing.

  5. Well done, Charles! I’ve sent you an email with some detailed feedback.

  6. At 0100 hours, I was dispatched to S. Parker Road, Apt. 102, in referenced to a disturbance. Upon my arrival to the room, I heard a man’s voice that was later identified as Barry Chinkowski, state ““Shut up and leave us alone.” I informed Mr. Chinkowski that I was a police officer, and Chinkowski opened the front door to the residence. As I entered the apartment, I noticed a woman sitting on a sofa facing the floor being very unobtrusive. Chinkowski was very apologetic and told me that nothing was wrong. I observed the woman closer, who was identified as Sally Chinkowski, and noticed a bruise on her right cheek. Chinkowski than told me that he wanted me out of his apartment, and he would contact his attorney if I do not follow his demand.
    Officer Winifred Paltrey arrived to the apartment to assist in the possible domestic. Officer Paltrey and I split the two up into separate rooms to discuss the matter. Officer Winifred took Sally to the back room while I spoke with Barry. Barry informed me that him and his wife had argued earlier in the day about financial problems that were occurring. He said that Sally had written multiple checks that had bounced, and that made him lose his cool.
    Officer Paltry informed me that Sally told her that Barry had gotten physical with her. Sally stated that Barry had pushed her into the wall and slapped her on her right cheek. I arrested Barry for Domestic Violence. I transported him to the jail for processing and where he will be held for bond.

    • Good report! Wordy – you need to cut the unnecessary words. Write short sentences. Focus on facts. Be careful with “then” and “than” (a comparison word). Here’s my revision:

      At 0100 hours, I was dispatched to S. Parker Road, Apt. 102, in reference to a disturbance. I heard a man’s voice say, “Shut up and leave us alone.” He was later identified as Barry Chinkowski. I told him that I was a police officer, and Chinkowski opened the front door.

      I noticed a woman sitting quietly on a sofa facing the floor. Chinkowski told me nothing was wrong. She was later identified as Sally Chinkowski. I saw a bruise on her right cheek.

      Chinkowski told me that he wanted me out of his apartment, and he would contact his attorney if I did not follow his demand. I called for a backup.

      Officer Winifred Paltrey arrived at the apartment. She took Sally to the back room while I spoke with Barry.

      Barry told me that he and his wife had argued earlier in the day about financial problems. He said that Sally had written multiple checks that had bounced, and that made him lose his cool.

      Officer Paltry told me that Sally stated that Barry had pushed her into the wall and slapped her on her right cheek.

      I arrested Barry for Domestic Violence. I transported him to the jail for processing, and he will be held for bond.

  7. At 0100 hours on March 13 2014, I was dispatched to South Parker Road Apartment 102, in reference to a disturbance. I arrived on the scene at 0120, and heard a man voice said, “Shut up and leave us alone! ’’ He was later identified as Mr. Barry Chinkowski. I inform him that I was a police officer and Barry opened the front door. I notice a woman sitting quietly on a sofa facing the floor. Barry inform me that nothing was wrong with the woman. She was later identified as Mrs. Sally Chinkowski. I saw a red bruise on her right cheek. Barry told me that he wanted me out of his apartment, and he would contact his attorney if I did not follow his demand. I called for backup. Officer Winifred arrived at 0145 hours in the apartment. The officer escort Sally to the back room while I spoke with Barry. Mr. Barry Chinkowki told me that he and his wife had an argued earlier in the day about financial problems. He said that Sally had written multiple checks that had bounced and that made him lose his cool. Officer Paltry informed me that Sally state that Barry had pushed her into the wall and slapped her on the right cheek. I read Barry his Miranda rights, and arrested him for Domestic Violence. I transported him to the jail for proper booking.

    • Be careful with capital letters. I’ve made some corrections (in capital letters):
      At 0100 hours on March 13 2014, I was dispatched to South Parker Road Apartment
      102, in reference to a disturbance. I arrived on the scene at 0120, and heard a
      MALE voice SAY, “Shut up and leave us alone! ’’ He was later identified as Mr.
      Barry Chinkowski. I informED him that I was a police officer and Barry opened the
      front door. I noticeD a woman sitting quietly on a sofa facing the floor. Barry
      SAID that nothing was wrong with the woman. She was later identified as
      Mrs. Sally Chinkowski. I saw a red bruise on her right cheek. Barry told me
      that he wanted me out of his apartment, and he would contact his attorney if I
      did not follow his demand. I called for backup. Officer Winifred arrived at 0145
      hours in the apartment. The officer escortED Sally to the back room while I spoke
      with Barry. Mr. Barry Chinkowki told me that he and his wife had an argued
      earlier in the day about financial problems. He said that Sally had written
      multiple checks that had bounced and that made him lose his cool. Officer
      Paltry informed me that Sally stateD that Barry had pushed her into the wall and
      slapped her on the right cheek. I read Barry his Miranda rights, and arrested
      him for Domestic Violence. I transported him to the jail for proper booking.

  8. On 04/07/2014, at approximately 0100 hours, I responded to 300 South Parker Road; Apartment 102, in reference to a disturbance.

    Upon arrival, contact was made at the listed apartment with an identified male who did not open the door, but shouted, “Shut up, and leave us alone!” After loud verbal commands announcing the sheriff’s office presence, the male (Barry Chinkowski), opened the door and let me enter the residence. Upon entering the residence, I observed a female sitting on the sofa, staring at the floor.

    Barry was initially apologetic, and advised nothing was wrong. The female (Sally Chinkawski) advised she was okay, by a nod of her head. At that time, I observed what appeared to be a bruise on Sally’s right cheek.

    Officer W. Paltrey arrived on scene, and both parties were separated to conduct an investigation of the incident.

    Barry advised me he had a disagreement about money with Sally. Barry stated, “I may have lost my cool.”

    Sally advised Officer Paltrey, Barry had pushed Sally against the wall, and slapped her on the right cheek.

    At that time, Barry was placed under arrest for domestic violence battery, and read his Constitutional Rights.

    Sally was given a domestic violence packet and case number.

    Barry was transported to the jail, on charges of battery – domestic violence.

    No further actions taken.

    (It must be noted, I would have added more, however, I used just the scenario given)

    • I get the feeling you’ve been writing police reports for a long time, and you’ve had some “old school” training. There’s a lot of passive voice in this report, and that can create problems: Who did what? (For example: “contact was made,” “was placed under arrest,” “was given,” “was transported.”) You said there were two officers. State who arrested Barry and who transported him. That information might be useful later.
      Overall your writing is excellent, and you stated the facts in the call very well.
      A semicolon is like a period. The semicolon after “South Parker Road” at the beginning should be a comma.
      This is wordy in several places. You don’t need “contact was made.” State that you knocked on the door and announced yourself. “Verbal commands” is wordy. How could you give a command through a closed door without words?
      “Advised” means “gave advice.” Use “said” or “told” – it’s easier to understand, and you’ll sound more up-to-date. “Advised” is old school.
      I’ve posted my own version of this report at this link: http://wp.me/P10HEY-uk. Thanks for posting your version!

  9. Thank you much. I’ve been writing reports like this for quite a while. I was just looking for your input and it’s exactly what I needed. Especially if a case were to go to trial. I will definitely put it in my tool box and test it out.

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