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Report Writing and Investigating Misconduct
for Tribal Law Enforcement



A significant part of many jobs in Indian Country involves writing various reports. For many people the only last work product is a report. Report writing may not be the job you were hired for, but it is still a vital part of your job. Each report is a permanent written record which communicates important facts to be used in the future. Weve heard it said, It isnt official until its in writing. Therefore, writing a good report is vital your reports speak volumes about your professionalism and capability.

In this interesting two-day class, learn how to write a clear, accurate and thorough report. From investigating misconduct, taking field notes and conducting interviews to planning your report and getting it into the correct hands, this detail-packed class provides comprehensive aids to individuals writing reports in Indian Country. Learn the context of report writing, what belongs in a report (and what doesn’t belong there), the best ways to capture information and organize your narrative. With knowledgeable instructor, Harold Rivkin,* an expert in law enforcement, background investigations and security, this class looks at who reads your report and the vital elements of these permanent, factual records.

Never fail to properly document your actions or observations again. Join Falmouth Institute for this important course!

*Instructor subject to change.


T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Types of Reports
  • Offense reports
  • Incident reports
  • Information reports
  • Protective custody reports
  • Emergency detention reports
  • Use-of-force reports
Who Reads Reports
  • Internal audience
  • External audience
Report Contents
  • Planning your report
  • What you should include in a report
  • What doesn’t belong in a report
  • Organizing the narrative
  • Making it easy on your reader
Taking Good Field Notes
  • What field notes are
  • How to take good field notes
Investigating Misconduct
  • Keeping it quiet
Steps in the Investigations Process
  • Receipt of allegation
  • Consideration of allegation
  • Record of decision
  • Publicizing documents
Roles Involved in Investigations
  • Investigator
  • Evidence
  • Witnesses
  • Suspects
Federal Law in Indian Country
  • Sec. 1152. Laws governing
  • Sec. 1163. Embezzlement and theft from Indian tribal organizations
  • Sec. 1168. Theft by officers or employees of gaming establishments
  • Indian Gaming Regulatory Act
Testifying in Court
  • Preparing for court
  • Preliminary hearing
  • Criminal trial
  • Tips for testifying
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