Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Criminal Justice Report Writing

 Title Abbreviation:   CRIM JUST REPORT WRITING

 Department:    CJ

 Course #:    170

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    430103

 EPC:    832

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Study, analysis and practice in criminal justice report writing. Emphasis on terminology, spelling, and report content. Examines use of reports in court systems, and offers familiarization with various agency report forms.


Prerequisite: ENGL 099 with a "D" or higher (or placement into ENGL& 101).

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Relate reasons for writing police reports, including bias and reasons for when they are written.
  2. Describe what information is included in a report.
  3. Itemize the principles of good police report writing.
  4. Outline the �parts� of a police report.
  5. Understand the �who, what, when, where, why and how� of report writing.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Report structure.
  2. Purpose of police reports.
  3. Notebooks.
  4. Sentences and paragraphs.
  5. Crime, scene sketching.
  6. Organization of police reports.
  7. Practical exercises.
  8. Grammar and sentence structure.
  9. Spelling.