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  1. competency and professionalism, not only in writing, but also in all aspects of police work.
  2. sworn
  3. make a thumb mark
  4. need to be capitalized when writing reports.
  5. is a method an officer can use to evaluate his or her interviewing skills.
  6. Minimal encouragers
  7. include information about possible motives or evidence of intent.
  8. act as if you are looking into a mirror, seeing the interviewee as a reflection of yourself.
  9. why
  10. interviewees
  11. it aids the state attorney's office in prosecutions.

    it reduces legal liability for both the officer and the agency.
  12. need to be capitalized when writing reports.
  13. may be injured, sick or incapacitated and unable to sign the statement.
  14. hold up as evidence in court (in some cases)

    officers recall the events of the incident

    document information for further or follow-up investigation

    do case preparations
  15. apostrophe
  16. Florida Statutes
  17. except when documenting a direct quote.
  18. all throughout the information collection process.
  19. promising leniency during an interview.
  20. False
  21. vocabulary




  22. a certified translator is needed.
  23. fragment
  24. "He threw the white toaster oven at me."
  25. only in serious criminal cases.
  26. alternating
  27. engaging interviewees in friendly conversation and asking non-threatening questions to establish how the interviewee normally behaves and physiologically functions.
  28. may be admissible in court

    file an affidavit

    obtain a warrant

    establish probable cause

    complete a report
  29. experience




  30. False
  31. is defined as paragraphs containing specific details, pertinent information, and the elements of an incident.
  32. document how the person consented to the interview.
  33. suspects, defendants, or people convicted of crimes

    defense and prosecuting attorneys

    city, county, or state officials

    other officers

    victims of their families

    insurance companies



    media reporters

    general citizens
  34. ensure that the person understands whether the interview is custodial or non-custodial.
  35. performing their official duties
  36. that a statement be sworn.
  37. open-ended
  38. the case number

    the type of crime

    the day and date of the interview

    the names of other people present

    his or her name

    administer oath or affirmation

    the incident to be discussed
  39. cognitive interviewing
  40. are words that are easily confused in use and spelling.
  41. victim
  42. means that certain objects or qualities belong to a person or thing.
  43. is a solemn and formal declaration or assertion made in place of an oath.
  44. talkative
  45. sentence fragment
  46. Slang
  47. immediately as they become available.
  48. it is necessary to be familiar with agency policy regarding the use of translators.
  49. what an officer may say or do during an interview.
  50. evidence that might aid in future investigations

    information gathered from investigators

    specific events
  51. must be made under oath or affirmation.
  52. "The first robbery occurred on January 12, 2008, at 345 Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida."
  53. category
  54. written statement
  55. may include written statements and recorded electronic evidence.
  56. Statements
  57. not directly
  58. far removed
  59. statement
  60. someone who provides information in confidence about a crime, either from a sense of civic duty or in the expectation of some personal benefit or advantage, and whose identity is normally not disclosed until required by law.
  61. subject
  62. date of birth /DOB
    Black/ B
    suspect /S
    phone / ph
    female / F
    victim / V
    afternoon or evening / p.m
    turned over to / tot
    Asian / A
    hour / hr
    year / yr
    time of day/ tod
    years of age / yoa
    also known as/ aka
    White/ W
    male/ M
    mile/ mi
    month/ mo
    minute/ min
    mile/ mi
    morning/ a.m
    no middle initial/
    witness / W
  63. help officers remember facts about a particular call for service.
  64. ask the witness to spell it. If a witness is not sure of the spelling of another subject's information, write the word phonetically and try to find the correct spelling later.
  65. Homophones
  66. reluctant
  67. warm-up
  68. inform the interviewee of the need for a sworn, written statement and explain that such a statement must be made under oath.
  69. is necessary and must be done with great care.
  70. the officer should document the method of communication applied.
  71. is a group of words that contains a subject (a noun), a verb (action), and an object (affected or receives action) and that expresses a complete thought.
  72. Why
  73. officer
  74. the greater the chances are that you will not accurately recall some of the information.
  75. you must record the personal identification information of the suspect
  76. may be a mystery during the initial investigation and may never be discovered.
  77. Closed-ended
  78. chronologically
  79. the officer should schedule a post-scene interview with the witness.
  80. making threats during an interview.
  81. sentence
  82. closed-ended
  83. consists of informal, nonstandard words often characterized by regional or specific group usage.
  84. you should transition to asking questions related to the incident, continuing to observe any changes in the interviewee in correlation to specific questions asked.
  85. inaccurate
  86. the officer should ensure that all recording equipment functions properly.
  87. to collect facts and establish what occurred during an incident.
  88. interview
  89. report
  90. any additional information about a person such as height, weight, type of clothing, hair color and length, and unique mannerisms or speech patterns should be included.
  91. What
  92. primary
  93. "The inmate used a small, metal object to cut his own arm."
  94. whether the person understood the Miranda warning (when consenting to the interview) and what it means to waive one's rights.
  95. the officer must place quotation marks around the person's words.
  96. someone who reports a crime or alleges that a crime has been committed
  97. writing in active voice does not mean you must write in present tense.
  98. body
  99. is a written document which gives information about an event, situation, occurrence, or incident.
  100. leading
  101. suicide

    additional or supplemental information

    runaway juvenile

    use of force by an officer

    miscellaneous noncriminal or suspicious incidents

    all crimes

    found property

    probable cause affidavits


    traffic crashes (under certain circumstances) as required by law

    missing or endangered person
  102. can limit the number of times a child can be interviewed. (3 times)
  103. supplemental or follow-up reports
  104. Jargon
  105. "I met with the victim, and she gave me a statement."
  106. offer an opinion or interpretation of events.
  107. introduction


  108. past performance
  109. the person providing the statement should read the oath printed on the statement form and sign his or her name to indicate that the information contained is correct and factual.
  110. must explain reasons for not doing so in a report
  111. can be critically important to checking alibis given by suspects.
  112. complainant
  113. crime and statute
  114. contraction
  115. "If it isn't in the report, it did not happened."
  116. "When I arrested her, she said, "I'm going to burn his house down when I get out."
  117. to answer open-ended questions with more detail.
  118. verb
  119. the information collected should be documented in accordance with agency policies and procedures, including all necessary evidentiary form or log entries.
  120. sentence
  121. Jimmy
  122. sworn, unsworn, and confession statements.
  123. you must read it to ascertain completeness before the interviewee signs the document.
  124. to obtain a truthful statement, admission, or confession.
  125. object/verb
  126. narrative
  127. mirroring
  128. must be made under oath or affirmation.
  129. "This now concludes the statement of __________, regarding incident __________, case number __________. The time is now __________."
  130. five
  131. do not encourage conversation and require the interviewees to think, reflect, and provide their opinions and feelings.
  132. Where
  133. to provide statements by officers.
  134. need to be capitalized when writing reports.
  135. John
  136. Field notes
  137. "The victim said his digital camera, television, DVD player, radio, and computer were stolen."
  138. all
  139. allow a person to make an affirmation instead of an oath.
  140. sentence
  141. duplicate of the offense report.
  142. time
  143. warm-up
  144. chronologically
  145. need to be capitalized when writing reports.
  146. the use of all capital letters when writing reports.
  147. interrogation
  148. confidential informant
  149. should determine the extent of each interviewee's knowledge about involvement in the incident.
  150. officers can compare the results of an interview with the case paperwork and other completed interviews from the case.
  151. witness
  152. Maintain a neutral demeanor.

    Establish control of the interview.

    Try to reduce the interviewee's stress and anxiety.

    Do not argue with the interviewee.

    Ask direct questions.

    Follow safety precautions, including checking for a weapon.
  153. (writing in a normal continuous form, e.g., as used in this textbook) format, detailing a chronological sequence of events
  154. conclusion
  155. "The fingerprints, which I found on the window, belong to the victim."
  156. elements of a crime
  157. it is important to include facts about the interviewee such as name, address, date of birth and other basic facts, because these questions help the interviewee get used to answering questions while the officer writes.
  158. where to interview

    the order of interviews

    determining whom to interview and when to interview them

    what information to obtain

    how to record the interviews
  159. to be deceptive to a point during an interview.
  160. having privacy, which helps build rapport and gains trust

    the location of the interview

    an atmosphere that will encourage honesty and forthrightness from the interviewee

    isolating the interviewee, which prevents outside influences

    a good physical and emotional comfort level
  161. whether they are considered victims or suspects, should be documented.
  162. taking an oath because of a religious or philosophical belief.
  163. officer safety is of paramount importance.
  164. oath
  165. who
  166. Grammar
  167. interviewer
  168. What is the officer's opinion?
  169. cooperative
  170. false
  171. when
  172. every weapon

    all property

    every event

    every vehicle

    every person
  173. at the scene of the incident or in the officer's patrol vehicle.
  174. location
  175. is written or oral facts that are stated under oath or penalty of perjury.
  176. Point of view
  177. a semicolon or period
  178. "I met with the victim, she gave me a statement."
  179. need to be capitalized when writing reports.
  180. can result in confusing or even misleading reports.
  181. Mirroring
  182. to review the field notes to make sure that all specific facts are available.
  183. to raise their right hand when giving an oath or affirmation
  184. complainant
  185. this should be indicated in the officer's notes.
  186. it is important to note unique physical attributes that might later help identify a person, such as scars, body piercing, or tattoos.
  187. capitalize titles of professionals only when names are used.
  188. minimal encouragers
  189. complete the final investigative report

    other officers to acclimate themselves to the case later on

    officers remember facts

    prepare for deposition or trial
  190. closing
  191. chronological
  192. obtain all pertinent information relating to the incident

    determine whether to administer Miranda warnings or an oath or affirmation

    follow agency interview policies and procedures

    compare collected information with other case information
  193. indicate whether the correct word has been used, only if the word has been misspelled.
  194. past tense because the events have already occurred.
  195. warm-up
  196. name through FCIC/NCIC

    if the individual is a wanted person

    background information
  197. introduction
  198. Voice
  199. the officer may write the statement for the interviewee.
  200. When
  201. closing
  202. have another person proofread your report to help ensure that you use the correct words
  203. depositions

    civil proceedings

    criminal trials

    workers' compensation cases

    criminal case-filing

    probation and parole hearings

    internal affairs investigations

    pretrial proceedings

    appeals in criminal and civil cases

    victim restitution hearings

    drafting probable cause affidavits

  204. should contain information regarding the actions taken during the investigation.
  205. will receive equal treatment to field notes as sources of information.
  206. How
  207. if you are unsure of the spelling of a word.
  208. is a group of words that lacks a subject, verb, or object or fails to express a complete thought.
  209. "When the alarm sounded, the burglar ran from the store."
  210. uncooperative
  211. is the technical vocabulary of a profession which has meaning specific to the people who work in the particular field or profession.
  212. jump to conclusions about motive or intent based on the first or loudest witness.
  213. begins the same way as verbal questioning, or the interviewees can be asked to narrate what happened in their own words
  214. "Do you swear or affirm that the statement you are about to give is true and accurate to the best of your knowledge?"
  215. however, they can be subpoenaed and be required to appear in court.
  216. Where did the incident take place? When did the incident take place? Who was involved? What happened? How did it happen? Why did it happen? Actions taken by the officer-
  217. are brief statements which indicate that the officer hears what the interviewee is saying and is inclined to hear more. Examples include "Okay," and "Go on," and "Then what?"
  218. immediately
  219. may be admissible in court and could help solve a crime or identify additional suspects or witnesses who have information about the crime, incident, or occurrence
  220. sentence fragment
  221. affirmation
  222. to sign the statement, if the interviewee is unable to sign it.
  223. contain a narrative of the offense, sufficiently stating facts to show the probable cause of each and every element of the charged offense.
  224. Cognitive interviewing
  225. suspect
  226. What
  227. the officer should write the reason the person was unable to sign the statement.
  228. Who
  229. not acceptable to paraphrase or summarize the statements that the interviewee provides.
  230. it is perjury to give false information in a statement.
  231. arrest
  232. is an example of officers' limitations.
  233. punched
  234. by asking people around the scene some general questions and seeking information from anyone who knows something about the incident.
  235. the officer should use the spell check feature.
  236. is a vow or a pledge to tell the truth regarding an incident or occurrence.
  237. any sworn statement or affidavit.
  238. is a permanent, verbal, or written record of a person's account of an incident or occurrence that may or may not be made under oath or affirmation.
  239. false
  240. language
  241. refused to sign
  242. is essential in obtaining a conviction.
  243. these indicators will likely appear to be consistent with questions related to the incident.
  244. you ask questions or have the individual relay the information in his or her words while you write the statement down.
  245. numerous mechanical errors will distract from the message and reflect poorly on the writer's competence and professionalism.
  246. victim(s)



    confidential informant

  247. then most likely, the interview provided valuable results.
  248. to begin taking notes early in the interview and investigation.
  249. it saves the department time and expense.
  250. The officer should take the time to carefully examine the content of the report.
  251. How
  252. officers must take certain steps to ensure that the interview will be successful.
  253. will help the officer decide the order in which to conduct the interviews.
  254. the officer annotes the phrase: "Dictated by __________ and written by Officer __________ ".