Your Friday Quiz

Here’s a quick quiz that will help you review some common issues in report writing. Answers appear below.

1. Which police report will require you to establish probable cause?
a)  You’re dispatched to a bar to break up a fight
b)  You intervene when you see a man hitting a woman in a parking lot
c)  A store manager is holding a shoplifter in her office
d)  All of the above

2. Which sentence is more appropriate for a police report?
a)  The suspect was driven to jail.
b)  Officer Gabriel drove the suspect to jail.
c)  Both are correct.

3.  Can you find the mistake in this sentence?

If our softball team wins its third championship, where all going to Frank’s Grill to celebrate.

ANSWERS

1. Which police report will require you to establish probable cause?
a)  You’re dispatched to a bar to break up a fight
b)  You intervene when you see a man hitting a woman in a parking lot  CORRECT
(This is a Type 4 report. You need to establish probable cause any time you’re the one making the decision to get involved in a situation.)
c)  A store manager is holding a shoplifter in her office
d)  All of the above

2. Which sentence is more appropriate for a police report?
a)  The suspect was driven to jail.
(There are two problems here. Passive voice is outdated: don’t use it in a modern police report. More seriously, this sentence doesn’t state who drove the suspect. What if there’s a question later on?)
b)  Officer Gabriel drove the suspect to jail.  CORRECT
c)  Both are correct.

3.  Can you find the mistake in this sentence?

If our softball team wins its third championship, we’re all going to Frank’s Grill to celebrate.  CORRECT

Where is the wrong word. This sentence requires we’re (“we are”).

Incidentally, its is correct. Use its like his – no apostrophe. THINK: “his third championship” – “its third championship.”

How did you do?

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