Interviewing and Report Writing

Course Code:

Credit Hours:
56 clock hours

Effective beginning:



Course Description:
This course is a component of the Law Enforcement Florida CMS Basic Recruit Academy. It is designed to help the student learn vital communication skills including interviewing, note taking, statement taking, and report writing. It also helps the student to develop survival skills, stress management skills, and problem solving skills utilizing the secure model. This course includes classroom instruction and scenario-based training exercises.


Course Details


This course is open only to students admitted to the Law Enforcement Florida CMS Basic Recruit Academy.





Required textbooks/ course materials:

No textbook or course materials are required to purchase for this course.

Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training, Volume 1 Author: Florida Department Of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Standards And Training Commission Publisher: Xanedu (provided)



Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

CJK 0014V, Interviewing and Report Writing, is an approved course by Florida Department of Law Enforcement for the purpose of Law Enforcement Certification.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Prepare and conduct basic interview
  • Gather information
  • Take notes
  • Identify signs of deception
  • Obtain statements
  • Identify types of reports, forms, and logs, including:
    • Crime
    • Incident
    • Use of force
    • Disciplinary
    • Traffic crash
  • Organize information chronologically/categorically
  • Write reports
  • Apply appropriate grammar and mechanics
  • Apply agency procedures
  • Evaluate report prior to submission
  • Draft probable cause affidavito gather information
  • Intervene safely and professionally and understand the options available to the officer, and provide the most appropriate intervention
  • identify high risk groups by the group’s characteristics and ideology and document criminal or suspected criminal activity

LAW-EN Outcome 1:

Demonstrate mastery of Law Enforcement knowledge and skills.

LAW-EN Outcome 2:

Demonstrate safety skills appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement work setting.

LAW-EN Outcome 3: 

Apply critical thinking and problem solving proficiency as appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement work setting.

LAW-EN Outcome 4:

Demonstrate team building, interpersonal, and ethical skills as appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement work setting.

LAW-EN Outcome 5:

Demonstrate leadership, organizational, and professional skills appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement workplace.

LAW-EN Outcome 6:

Demonstrate skills required for state certification and employment as a law enforcement officer. 



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Lecture is the primary method of instruction. Students are expected to be attentive and are encouraged to ask questions. Lectures will come primarily from the textbook in formats that may include power point presentations, white board illustrations, videos, and web-based technologies and student discussion on specific topics.


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