Interviewing and Report Writing

Course Code: CJK0014V

Credit Hours: 56 clock hours

Effective beginning: 2021-22


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:

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


Assignment/course outline:

Course Outline

Unit 1: Interviewing a Person

Lesson 1: Note Taking

Student Course Summary

Lesson 2: Preparing for the Interview

Lesson 3: Conducting the Interview

Role-play Exercise #6: Battery Interview

Unit 2: Writing a Report

Lesson 1: Incident Reports

Lesson 2: Organizing Information for a Report

Lesson 3: Mechanics

Lesson 4: Elements and Principles of Effective Report Writing

Role-play Exercise #7: Loitering at the Convenience Store: Part 2

Lesson 5: Evaluating a Report Prior to Submission

Instructor Material


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 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. 




  • Lecture
  • Role Play
  • Videos
  • Quizzes

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