When an Incident Occurs...
WHEN AN INCIDENT OCCURS...
Whenever an incident involving the police occurs, ALWAYS:
Look at the badge number and name tag of the officers.
Remember it and write it down as soon as possible.
If badge and name are not in full view, make note of the physical
description of the officers.
Look for the Precinct Number or the Division (Transit, Housing, etc.) This can be found on the brass insignia on the officer's shirt collar.
Make note of the number of officers present.
Make note of any witnesses.
Take note of where you are.
Take note of when (date, time of day) the incident occurred.
A L W A Y S WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!
TIPS ON RECORDING AN INCIDENT
Whenever an incident occurs, as immediately as possible, solicit all the
facts. Speak with all involved and all who witnessed it.
WHEN DID THE INCIDENT OCCUR?
The date and time.
WHERE DID THE INCIDENT OCCUR?
In the home, on the street, in the school?
Be as specific as possible. (IE. the southeast corner of 163rd Street and
WHO WAS INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT?
Their names, addresses, phone numbers, and a description of them, what they were wearing, any weapons involved.
WHAT KIND OF AN INCIDENT?
What started the incident?
What weapon was used?
HOW DID THE INCIDENT GET STARTED?
How was it dealt with?
WHY DID THE INCIDENT OCCUR?
Write everything down. Be clear. Do not be suggestive, just ask basic questions.
Ask questions individually away from others to avoid the confusion of stories. If possible, try to visit the scene of the incident with the victim or witness and go over the incident.
Take keen note of the surroundings for comparison with stories being told.