Report Writing Part 1 2019

  • Date: Dec. 17, 2018
  • Format: online
  • Days to complete Days to complete: 30
This 30-day, self-paced course examine the stages, components and structure of police reports and provide knowledge necessary to compose a flawless report. pon successful completion of this course, you will have earned one (1) hour of Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) continuing education in Technical Studies.

Report Writing Part 1


Course Developer

Sponsoring Agency

Law Enforcement Training Institute

115 Business Loop 70 West, Rm 143

Columbia, MO  65211

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m to 5 p.m*

*Hours may vary due to training schedules

Sgt. Carl Schwartze

Continuing Education/Seminar Coordinator/Instructor

Carl Schwartze (Ret) is the Continuing Education and Seminar Coordinator for the University of Missouri’s Law Enforcement Training Institute. He has served for 28 years in Law Enforcement with the Brookfield and Springfield Mo. Police Departments. He retired from Springfield in 2015 as a Sergeant and is now a full-time trainer. Sgt. Schwartze teaches a variety of subject matter including Constitutional Law, Communications, Report Writing, and various patrol related topics. His goal is to help improve policing in Missouri through quality and effective training.


Travis Witt

E-Learning Coordinator/Instructor

Travis Witt is the E-Learning Coordinator of the University of Missouri’s Law Enforcement Training Institute. He has served in various law enforcement capacities for 19 years, including the last 3 as an instructor trainer. He teaches a variety of topics including Use of Force, Human Behavior, Cultural Competency, and Communications. His goal is to increase Officer Safety through a better understanding of the dynamics of personal interactions in an enforcement environment. If you have questions related to the material please do not hesitate to contact Travis Witt.


Course Description

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have earned one (1) hour of Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) continuing education in Technical Studies. The fee for this course is $15. Payment will be collected during the enrollment process.

A good report can be more important than a good arrest. In this online course, we’ll discuss “What is a good report?” A report is a systematic, well-organized document that portrays factual evidence of an incident that has taken place. We will also discuss the four types of reports and their differences. We will discuss the considerations in writing a professional report. We'll talk about the stages, components, and structure of police reports. Reports must always be accurate, concise, clear and well-structured. This course will give the student more knowledge and an understanding of composing a flawless report. This course is part 1 of a 5 part series on report writing.

Course Organization

All learners will need to complete a demographic survey in the beginning of the training, an evaluation at the end of the training, and email Travis Witt about the completion of the training.

Through out the training, learners will need to watch the required video in full, then move on to completing the quiz over the video.

Course Completion

The course will be completed when learners have completed watching all assignments, submitting all quizzes, and emailing the Travis Witt of your completion of the course materials.

Technical Requirements

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See our Getting Started with Canvas page for short tutorial videos to provide an overview of Canvas.  When accessing your Canvas course from your mobile device, DO NOT use the Canvas Student App.  Access your course from your MU Extension account.

You can find more information on the technical requirements on the Canvas website.

For technical questions or issues, please contact  Customer Support.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is fundamental to the activities and principles of a university. All members of the academic community must be confident that each person's work has been responsibly and honorably acquired, developed and presented. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful. The academic community regards breaches of the academic integrity rules as extremely serious matters.

Statement on academic integrity

Intellectual Pluralism

The university community welcomes intellectual diversity and respects student rights. Students who have questions or concerns about the atmosphere in this class, including respect for diverse opinions, may contact the departmental chair or divisional director, the director of the Office of Academic Integrity, or the MU Office for Civil Rights and Title IX.

Statement on intellectual pluralism


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