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JLBC FIELD NOTETAKING DEFINITION OF FIELD NOTES


JLBC FIELD NOTE-TAKING DEFINITION OF FIELD NOTES

A brief written statement of facts was obtained at or near the information.

PURPOSE OF

Aid to memory

Aid in preparation of the formal report

Aid in interview and interrogation process

Aid inaccurate testimony

RECORDING INFORMATION

Identifying the situation

Incriminating statements, remarks, and admissions:

It should always be recorded

Important to record the exact language

Rules infractions, disregard of company policies:

When and Where Observed

Persons Involved

Accident Scene:

Accurate Measurements

Items of Evidence

Crime Scene:

Accurate Measurements

Boundaries

Items of Evidence

Evidence:

Exact Location

Condition

Physical descriptions

Services rendered

Names of other personnel involved

CONSIDERATION IN NOTETAKING

Timely

Clear, concise, complete, and consistent

Facts not recalled may later be essential

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