CJ 202 Milestone Four: Full Draft of Incident Report Guidelines and Rubric
Overview: View the practice video provided for the milestones and complete this section. After viewing the practice video, compose a draft of the full incident report. You must score evident on each critical element to earn the points for that row. This assignment is worth a total of 85 points.
Field Notes Sheet
This component is where you record your initial observations of the scene. For example, this might be visual evidence, statements, sketches, or any other facts or information that may be relevant to the subsequent investigation. For purposes of this assignment, remember your field notes must capture the observations and actions of the actor in the video fully and accurately in order to inform a cohesive, concise, comprehensive, and accurate Incident Report.
What information is this report based upon? Based on the scenario, what information strikes you as having evidentiaryvalue?
Cohesiveness of Field Notes: Your field notes should contain information on the observations and actions that are essential in informing a cohesive report. For example, if you observe the suspect wearing a red jacket with a specific insignia, your field notes should capture this data so that you may draw upon it in producing your Incident Report. If your field notes do not contain this information, you would be disadvantaged in producing a cohesive Incident Report that has evidentiary value in the criminal investigation itself or potential trial
Accuracy of Field Notes: Your field notes must correctly describe observations and actions that are essential in producing an accurate report. For example, if the suspect is wearing a red jacket with a specific insignia in the video, but your field notes list that it is a blue jacket, then the accuracy of your observations and the data that informs your Incident report could be called into question in the criminal investigation or potential trial proceedings.
This component is the final product you would submit to your supervisor for review. Your Incident Report should be based solely on your field notes. Remember:
Your report must include appropriate primary and supplemental information that addresses the essential characteristics of an incident report. In this report, you are documenting your steps in the process from receiving the initial call to whatever point your immediate involvement ends, the point when you return to the station to begin to put it on
Observations and function: Describe what you observed and, where appropriate, how you acted upon your This is where you are addressing your observations and aligning your functions as an officer pertinent to this report.
What information disseminated from other sources is pertinent to this report? For example, this is where you would assess the collective information and identify which information was relevant and
Your narrative should include concise details that are consistent with the field notes and observations. This narrative is essential to remediate risk and liabilities in organizational and prosecutorial It is important that your report tells the entire story of your involvement and the information you
have gathered. The incident report will be scrutinized by administrators, prosecutors, and defense attorneys who are trying to elicit a “not guilty” verdict from a jury. The more questions that can be raised about the accuracy and credibility of your report, the more likely that a guilty person could go free.
Includes the essential details for this report: “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” “why,” and “how”
Think about what have you What other details must be included to remediate risk and liability in an organizational or prosecutorial setting. For example, is there information present, or missing, that could raise doubt? Is anything missing in the chain of events in your narrative?
Your incident report should be accurate and easy to read. Be sure to apply standard grammatical practices
Apply a clear pattern of organization around the orderly flow of the narrative (the “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” “why,” and “how”) to effectively communicate to your
Correctly apply relevant rules of grammar.
Apply correct syntax in developing sentence structure within the
Requirements of Submission: 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, and citations in APA Style.
Not Evident (0%)
Cohesiveness of Field Notes
Describes observations and actions that are essential in
informing a cohesive report
Does not describe observations and actions that are essential in
informing a cohesive report
Accuracy of Field Notes
Correctly describes observations
and actions that are essential in producing an accurate report
Does not describe observations and actions
Observations & Functions
Describes observations and
actions based upon those observations
Does not describe observations and resulting actions
Identifies information disseminated from other
sources and how it is pertinent to the report
Does not identify information disseminated from other sources
Essential Details for the Report
Includes the “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” “why,” and
Does not include the “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,”
“why,” and “how”
Risk and Liability
Information includes details that remediate risk and liability in an
organizational or prosecutorial setting
Information does not include details that remediate risk and
liability in an organizational or prosecutorial setting
Pattern of Organization
Applies clear pattern of organization around the
narrative to effectively communicate to the audience
Does not apply clear pattern of organization to effectively
organize the narrative for the audience
Rules of Grammar
The response is easy to read with correct application of
relevant rules of grammar, errors if any, are minor
Does not correctly apply relevant rules of grammar
Applies correct syntax in
developing sentence structure within narrative
Does not apply correct syntax in developing sentence structure
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