factor in the amount or quality of information received or exchanged.
Establish a smooth working relationship and feelings of mutual trust and
This may provide you with information otherwise unattainable.
The above agencies will differ greatly from state to state and city to city.
Therefore, no effort will be made to explain each. Most of the above police
agencies will maintain some useful records. A lot depends upon the size and
need of the agencies.
Possible exceptions are the county coroner and the
prosecuting attorney. Some types of useful police records are:
(1) Case sheets or complaint sheets.
These form a permanent written
record. They contain reports made to the police and the action taken by them.
(2) Daily Bulletin.
This is a summary listing of each case handled in
the previous 24 hours.
(3) Investigation reports.
These reports detail all action taken by the
(4) Persons wanted.
This is information on all persons wanted by the
(5) Property control records. These are records on all found property,
evidence, and personal property which come into police possession.
(6) Arrest reports.
(7) Traffic tickets.
(8) Personal identification records.
(a) Fingerprint cards.
These consist of both single and ten-digit
(b) Description cards.
These hold a description of the physical
characteristics of a criminal along with other identifying data.
(d) Criminal history file.
This is a complete record of the known
criminal acts of individual offenders.
(9) Modus operandi file. A system of records, this file describes the
criminal's method of operation.
Records are classified and filed to aid in
identifying the crime as one committed by an unknown person.
(10) Handwriting file.
This file holds the handwriting on bad checks and
other bogus instruments.
(11) Juvenile records.
(12) Other reports, records, or files.