Essay about Role of Police Reports In the Law Enforcement Community

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A discourse community is a community that shares common goals, language, and genres. Law enforcement officers belong to their own discourse community in which they are united in their overall purpose: to protect and serve. An oath they take when sworn in as officers. Law enforcement officers seem to speak a common language that, to a civilian, is foreign. We’ve all heard the famous “10-4” comment for “understood” or “got it” on police shows and in action movies. Pretty much everything that comes out of an on-duty officer’s mouth is in some sort of code. One important genre in the law enforcement community is police reports. Police reports are the standardize way of reporting and are often the same in all states. Police reports are…show more content…
A theft report, according to Deputy Smith, is often reported by the victim or the representative of a business that has been the target of a theft. A theft report, unlike the missing person incident report, is a report of criminal activity and is often called an offense report. Certain information, such as, property taken and the price of the property taken, is collected to help build a criminal case. The monetary value of the stolen property determines the charge (Smith). Deputy Smith states that both, a missing person report and a theft report, are generated using a system called National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). Based on information found on the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), NIBRS is part of a Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program in which criminal activity is reported. Incident-based data contains a large amount of complex data that has details about every crime or incident reported (National Incident-Based Reporting System Resource Guide) (Smith). Standard information is collected for every police report. This information consists of the reportee’s name and contact information, time and place of incident or crime, victim’s information, responding officer’s name and badge number, and the officer’s narrative, which is the description of incident (Smith). According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s website,
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