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. 

Florida Law Enforcement Academy Volume 1 © 2021 by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). All rights reserved. ISBN 13: ISBN 10: Published by XanEdu Publishing, Inc.  Provided by department.



Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Interviewing and Report Writing is an approved course by Florida Department of Law Enforcement for the purpose of Law Enforcement Certification.  See chart below.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Taking Good Notes

Preparing for the Interview

Conducting the Interview

Miranda and Laws of Interrogation

Reports Lesson

Mechanics Lesson

Elements and Principles of Effective Report Writing

Reviewing a Report Before Submission

Outcome 1:
Demonstrate mastery of Law Enforcement knowledge and skills.

Outcome 2:
Demonstrate safety skills appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement work setting.

Outcome 3:
Apply critical thinking and problem-solving proficiency as appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement work

Outcome 4:
Demonstrate team building, interpersonal, and ethical skills as appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement work 

Outcome 5:
Demonstrate leadership, organizational, and professional skills appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement workplace.

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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