Report Writing Part 1

  • 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.



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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

 Instructor Information

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 Information

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 $10. 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 on composing a flawless report. This course is part 1 of a 5 part series on report writing.


 Assignments & Grades

Your POST License Number

We have included an activity titled "Please give us your POST license number."  This is a one question survey that is required to access the Introduction.


This course contains an Introduction and eleven lessons. Each lesson is a self-running video that can be paused at any given time.  Please note you cannot speed up or skip forward through the video. Each video will end with a short quiz.


This lesson introduces the presenter, Sgt. Carl Schwartze, of the Law Enforcement Institute (LETI). He outlines course goals and objectives. You must view the Introduction video in order to gain access to Lesson 1.


There is a quiz at the end of each lesson.  A minimum score of 70% is required to successfully complete the lesson.  You have unlimited attempts to pass the quiz.  Note that quiz questions may change from one attempt to the next.

Course Evaluation

After successfully completing Lesson 11, you will receive access to the course evaluation, the last requirement for course completion. 

Technology Assistance & Details

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Network Connection

Most internet service providers can provide adequate speed and connection stability for purposes of this course. If your private residence has some type of wireless internet access in a rural setting, you likely will have difficulties completing activities in this course. We have found that rural/wireless setups have been inconsistent in their network stability and speed, providing a sub-optimal experience.This is not a guaranteed phenomenon so you may not experience any problems, and this likely will not be an issue using a laptop or mobile device in a public area that offers wireless access.University of Missouri Extension does not have any control over an Internet Service Provider's (ISP) ability to provide a stable network environment. So if you have a rural/wireless internet connection it would be a good idea for you to consider finding an alternate location to access course activities.

Virus Protection

Virus protection software will help to protect your system (and ours) against computer viruses. If you are an MU employee, or MU student formally enrolled in the university, you may make use of the anti-virus software available at the Division of IT (DOIT). If not, you are advised to purchase 3rd. party virus protection software before you use this course.

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