Quiz ANSWERS: Types of Reports


What kind of report would you write for the situations below? Number them 1, 2, 3, or 4. (Note: These are guidelines only. Situations vary and can be more complex than what’s described here.)

Type 3 a) 

You’re dispatched to stop a fight in a bar.

Type 1 b)  A citizen reports a stolen bicycle.

Type 3 c)  The manager of a convenience store says she’s caught a 14-year-old boy who stole a six-pack of beer.

Type 1 d) A woman reports that her wallet was stolen by her daughter’s boyfriend.

Type 2 e)  A citizen comes home from work and realizes that someone broke into his house and stole his TV. (Presumably you’re going to look for the point of entry, take fingerprints, and find out of there are eyewitnesses.)

Type 4 f)  You stop a driver who went through a stop sign without stopping, and the driver fails a sobriety test.

Type 3 g)  A technician in an emergency room is assaulted by a patient.

Type 1 h)  In a correctional institution, you spot something shiny under a shrub near the chow hall; it’s a pocket knife half buried in the soil. (If you know who put the knife there and take disciplinary action, it’s a Type 4. If you simply report what you saw, it’s a Type 1.)

Type 4 i)  In a correctional institution, you search an inmate’s locker and find a small bottle of whiskey.

Type 3 j)  A driver reports that she just drove past a collision.

2 thoughts on “Quiz ANSWERS: Types of Reports

  1. Thomas Hagle

    It seems there are inconsistencies between the questions and answers…
    For A: it did not indicate whether the officer was dispatched to the bar or if he noticed the bar fight.
    For D: The question states “A woman reports that her wallet was stolen by her daughter’s boyfriend” while the answer states “A woman reports that her wallet was stolen from her car while visiting a friend in the hospital”
    For J: the questions states “A driver reports that she just drove past a collision” while the answer states “A driver reports that she just witnessed a head-on collision.”

    1. Jean Post author

      I’ve made the corrections – thank you so much for your sharp eyes, and for taking the time to note the errors!


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