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FIVE Field Notes and Investigating Reporting
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THE IMPORTANCE OF FIELD NOTES Field Notes - A shorthand written record made by a police officer from the time they arrive on scene until the assignment is completed Field notes are more reliable than an officer's memory Field notes are the primary information source for the incident report Field notes completed in detail may reduce the need to re-contact the parties involved Field notes can be used to defend the integrity of the incident report
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BASIC INVESTIGATIVE QUESTIONS Asked by the first-responding officer Used to fill in the blank spaces on the face of an incident report Typically includes items such as: Identity of victims and witnesses How to recontact victims and witnesses Specific information about the crime Descriptions of the suspect
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PRIMARY INVESTIGATIVE QUESTIONS Primary questions meet most investigative information needs There are six recognized categories of primary questions: What When Where Who How Why
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INCIDENT REPORT While the exact layout for incident reports typically varies from one jurisdiction to another, they all have a face with blanks into which the officer conducting the preliminary investigation enters basic case
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