Course detail: RPTWRTG - Advanced Report Writing and Review
This 8-hour course is designed to teach officers how to write quality reports. This course is designed for the report writers that desire to hone their skills and gain a better understanding of clarity and organization in report writing. The people being hired into Law Enforcement and the people already in Law Enforcement have all of the necessary skills to write incident reports. It is not the purpose of this course to "hammer" students to death with "English Grammar" as a means of trying to improve their writing skills. The problem is not their grammar skills; the problem is the correct use of the skills they already have. Incident report writing is different from other types of writing such as administrative reports, research reports, creative writing, position papers and expert opinion reports. In fact, when properly taught, incident report writing is easier than other types of writing. This course concentrates on the major element of a report that helps the writer to achieve proper chronological organization. Once this element is properly learned, everything else falls into place. This course is taught using examples from real reports. The "Time Line Model" enables the student to organize the report with little effort. There has yet to be a student that could not easily grasp the techniques and write excellent reports. The "Time Line Model" is an easily learned, step-by-step process to police report writing that will insure a perfect report the first time, every time, all the time. The students will learn the skills and concepts necessary to write quality reports the first time and the put these skills into use by writing reports in class.

Course Objectives
The student will receive instruction and training in the concepts, practices, and techniques necessary to accomplish the following student performance objectives:

Report Structure

  • Define the three parts of a report narrative as "Introduction", "Story", and "Other".
  • Describe the introduction of the report.
  • Describe the information that is written in the story of the report.
  • State that tangents should be avoided when telling the story of the report.
  • Describe the type of information that should go into the Aother@ section of the report.
  • Describe how to convey opinions and suggestions to the investigator assigned to a case.
  • Identify the two parts of the follow-up report as the summary and the story.
  • Identify the two types of information found in an arrest affidavit as the "crime" and the"probable cause statement".

Chronological Order
  • Define true chronological order.
  • Identify the "detective model", "witness model", and "multiple story model".
  • Describe how the investigative process confuses the report writing process.
  • Describe where times are placed on a time line.
  • Describe what to do when you do not know the time an elevent occurred.
  • Describe where supplemental information is listed in relationship to the time line.
  • State what information should go first on the time line when organizing a report.
  • State what to do with information when the writer does not think it is important.
  • State how people, places, and things should be located in the report.
  • Describe how specific a writer should be when locating people, places or things in a report.
  • State the advantages and disadvantages of using the time line model.

Writing the Report From the Time-Line
  • Describe how to write the report from the information on the time line.
  • Define the term concise.
  • Describe the procedure for handling facts that are unfavorable to the case.

Construction of the Report
  • Gather information from a scenario presented in class, construct a time line and write a report for submission.
  • The student will participate in group exercises to write and review a report based on class room scenario

  • The student will be graded on in class reports on a pass/fail basis.

 Session Detail:  LE19244F
Schedule: Every day, starting on 08/20/18 and ending on 08/20/18
Times: 08:00am - 05:00pm
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Price: Registration Fee : $100.00

KLETC Meals and Lodging (08:00am-05:00pm)
This session is scheduled to take place 0800-1700 in the Learning August 20, 2018. Please dress in layers as the temperature in the room may be difficult to adjust.

KLETC Dormitory Information:

For those attendees who desire to come in the night before, please come to the Main KLETC Entrance marked on the map, it is near the flag pole and marked with a large "A". You may check into your room between 4:00 PM and 10:00 PM Monday through Friday. If you are scheduled to arrive on Sunday, the doors are open 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. If you arrive after 10:00 PM the doors will be locked, however you can contact security at 316-239-8882, and after answering their questions, they will assist you in getting room keys. Checkout time is Noon on your departure day or last day of training, please have all personal items removed at that time.

All lodging attendees will find an envelope containing their room key at the front desk in the main lobby reception area. Sheets and a blanket are furnished for our guests. Items you may wish to bring: Alarm Clock, Bath Towels, Wash Cloths, Soap, Shampoo, Hair Dryer, Pillow and Pillowcase and an Extra Blanket.

Weapon Safety - KLETC adopted a new weapons policy effective July 1, 2017. The concealed carry of handguns shall be permitted on the KLETC Campus, including all buildings and public areas to the maximum extent possible while ensuring the safety of the staff, students and guests in a training environment. The open carry of firearms shall be prohibited unless necessary for instruction in an authorized training program. Nothing in this procedure is intended to interfere with a law enforcement officer performing his or her official law enforcement duties on the KLETC campus. Law Enforcement officers attending continuing education or basic training classes, or are attending meetings or other academy- related events, are permitted to carry their firearm while on the KLETC campus. Law enforcement officers carrying a firearm on the KLETC campus must possess appropriate agency identification. ABSOLUTELY NO student, instructor, or role player is allowed to carry any firearm into an area where signage stating "no live weapons or ammunition is allowed in training safety areas" is present. You are responsible for ensuring that your firearm is secured in a safe, reasonable, and acceptable manner while on the KLETC campus. Questions regarding this policy for continuing education students, instructors or guests may be directed to the KLETC Assistant Director for Professional Development and Continuing Education.

Effective July 1, 2018 KLETC will become a Tobacco Free campus. This University of Kansas policy applies to all faculity, staff, students and vistors of all KU Campuses, including KLETC. Persons who violate the provisions of K.S.A. 21-4009 through 21-4014 may be guilty of a cigarette or tobacco infraction punishable by fines ranging from $100 to $500.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: A full refund of lodging fees will be available if requested in writing and received by KLETC ten days prior to the beginning date of the seminar. After that date, but prior to the seminar, refunds will be made, but a $25.00 administrative fee will be charged. No refunds will be made after the starting date of the seminar.If you have any questions concerning this session, please contact KLETC at 620.694.1400 or by email at

Thank you again for your willingness to participate. We look forward to seeing you at KLETC!!

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John Bowden
John Bowden
Founder and Director
Biography: John Bowden is the founder and director of Applied Police Training And Certification. He is a retired veteran of law enforcement, retired from the Orlando Police Department as a Master Police Officer In 1994. His career spans a period of 21 years in law enforcement overlapping 25 years of law enforcement instruction. His total of over 37 years of experience includes all aspects of law enforcement to include: uniform crime scene technician, patrol operations, investigations, undercover operations, planning and research for departmental development, academy coordinator, field training officer, and field training supervisor.

He received over 90 awards of recognition in his career with the Orlando Police Department. As the director of APTAC, he is responsible for coordinating operations, and conducting training for law enforcement organizations across the United States. The clients of APTAC include law enforcement agencies, state police academies, sheriff departments, correctional institutions, military law enforcement and colleges and universities across the United States. As the director of APTAC Publications, he publishes and markets law enforcement text books to schools and criminal justice organizations. John has developed numerous training programs and training curricula for law enforcement. Among these programs, he developed a State Grant Course for Florida on DUI Checkpoints that is taught to Law Enforcement officers. He developed a Review Course for the Florida State Examination for law enforcement and corrections that has been offered at criminal justice academies. The course achieved a 100% pass rate for the students that successfully completed the program. John is a recognized expert in the field of police report writing. He developed the "Time Line Model" as a system of report writing that has revolutionized the methods for writing police reports as well as the methods and materials for teaching report writing. As a writer, John has written the following books: "Report Writing for Law Enforcement & Corrections"; "Advanced Report Writing"; Report Writing And Review For Supervisors and FTOs"; "Interview to Confession, The Art of the Gentle Interrogation" textbook; "Today's Field Training Officer," text book for both Law Enforcement & Corrections, "Management Techniques For Law Enforcement Supervisors"; "Tactical Street Interviews For Law Enforcement.";"Introduction To Body Language For Law Enforcement." He also edited and published the text "English Grammar For Criminal Justice Professionals," written by Dr. David Hernandez. John has written and published articles for law enforcement that have appeared in professional publications. John writes articles for "Police One Magazine" and regularly contributes to "Caliber Press". John is featured in two one-half hour programs on report writing for the Law Enforcement Television Network (LETN). John also produced a one hour video program on interviews and Interrogations used in conjunction with training courses in Interviews and Interrogations. John graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rollins College, in Winter Park Florida with an A.A. in Criminal Justice and a B.S. in Business Administration. He has post graduate work in Law, Management and Computer Science. He was originally certified as an instructor in the state of Florida where he is qualified to teach defensive tactics, police driving, firearms, human diversity and general subjects. He is included among a small group of Trainers without a law degree to teach legal subjects in Florida police academies. He is a certified instructor in numerous states qualified to teach a wide range of criminal justice subjects. John is certified by the Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) commissions in numerous states, where he teaches criminal justice programs. John has taught courses across the United States at Universities, Colleges, Police Academies, Military institutions, Seminars and Private Enterprise. His vast experience in numerous training subjects give him a unique perspective of law enforcement operations that complements all of his training courses. John's enthusiasm and dedication to quality guarantees the highest level of performance and the satisfaction of his students as demonstrated by their excellent course reviews. As the director of APTAC he coordinates training operations, publications and seminars. He now lives in Oklahoma where he occasionally rides a horse.

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A refund less a $25.00 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations made in writing prior to 10 days before the start of the event. After that time, no refunds will be made.