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2021 – Report Writing in OUI Investigation Cases

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Instructional Goal:

Report writing is an extremely important aspect of any impaired driving arrest. These cases are highly technical and require very detailed reports. This class is designed to provide officers with the knowledge to assist in writing excellent impaired driving reports that can assist with obtaining court convictions.


  1. Understand the importance of the report in documenting the incident and proving the case later in court.
  2. Review the qualities of a good report including:
  3. Organization
  4. Factual
  5. Objectiveness
  6. Completeness
  7. Proper spelling, syntax, and punctuation.
  8. Understand the importance of documentation of the event including the golden rule of report writing: If it isn’t written down, it didn’t happen.
  9. Review OUI report writing tips from subject matter experts including:
  10. Use Names and Pronouns
  11. Avoid Jargon
  12. Be Specific
  13. Use Details and Avoid Ambiguous Pronouns
  14. Avoid Conclusions by Using Facts
  15. Describe Actions, Sounds, Sights
  16. Use Active Voice and Avoid Using Passive Voice in Writing
  17. Avoid Using Unnecessary Words When Writing
  18. Avoid Improper Words
  19. Use Proper Format
  20. Be Objective
  21. Review the unique technical requirements of OUI reports.
  22. Reasonable, articulable suspicion to stop car
  23. All observations of impairment and substance use
  24. Sobriety tests and results (include how they performed as well as clues, details)
  25. Admissions of drinking, driving (what, where, how much, when, who, witnesses)
  26. Drinks after crash (never an “accident” when drinking!)
  27. Probable cause to arrest
  28. Proper Intoxilyzer test
  29. Mandatory wait period (never leave room)
  30. Inspection of mouth
  31. Implied consent form
  32. Understand the importance of the video data.
  33. Body Cam
  34. Cruiser Cam
  35. Intox Room Cam
  36. Understand the Discovery Obligations of the Officer and the Prosecutor.
  37. Review a poorly written OUI exemplar and observe the suggested corrections.
  38. Review a suggested framework for an OUI report. Including:
  39. Phase One: Vehicle in Motion
  40. Phase Two: Personal Contact
  41. Phase Three: Pre-Arrest Screening
  42. Chemical Testing
  43. After Action Follow Up
  44. Review a Model OUI Report.

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