Professional Report Writing - 2 Credit Hours

Being a good defense investigator involves many skills—skiptracing, interviewing, record searching, creative thinking, public speaking—but demonstrating those skills almost always comes down to your report. The report you write is far more than a summary of your conversation with a witness, it is a timeless document that lays plain your abilities on paper. Your ability to think, your ability to connect with the witness, your knowledge of the case, your education—all is on display in your report. 

Professional Report Writing is approved for the following states: Alabama, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Tennessee.

Course curriculum

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    • 1. Report Writing - Overview

    • 2. Report Writing - The Police Report

    • 3. Report Writing - The Defense Investigation Report

    • 4. Report Writing - Choice of Voice

    • 5. Report Writing – Organization

    • 6. Report Writing - Starting The Report

    • 7. Report Writing – The Report Body

    • 8. Report Writing – Sentence And Paragraph Structure

    • 9. Report Writing – Witness Quotations And Paraphrasing

    • 10. Report Writing – Who Said What?

    • 11. Report Writing - Sample Report

    • 12. Report Writing – Rewriting

    • 13. Report Writing – Rewriting the Sample Report

    • 14. Report Writing - Rewriting the Sample Report Continued

    • 15. Report Writing - Rewriting the Sample Report Conclusion

    • 16. Report Writing - Other Ways To Write Reports

    • 17. Report Writing--The Mitigation Memo

    • 18. Report Writing - Review of Mitigation Memo

    • 19. Report Writing - Appearances Matter

    • 20. Report Writing - Fun With Fonts

    • 21. Report Writing - Hey Good Lookin'

    • 22. Report Writing - Sample Scene Visit memo

    • 23. Report Writing - Review of Sample Scene Visit

    • 24. Report Writing - Conclusion

    • Writing Professional Reports--Quiz