SIRS™ 4-Hr Advanced Course Outline

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SIRS™ (Security Incident Reporting System)

Documentation of Security incidents is absolutely critical to your agencies ability to track and trend, reduce liability and share vital information. If you’re like most agencies, YOU know that proper, structured, effective and reliable reports save time, money and allow you to track incidents and reduce liability risk.

The old saying holds true today, just like it did years ago – “if it’s not in black and white, it didn’t happen”.

A training program that teaches officers how to effectively and intelligently write security incident reports

  • All participants will receive the book SIRS™ Student Manual, SIRS™ Pocket Field Notebook and a Certificate of completion.

Call us today to schedule a SIRS™ Course – for YOU and your agency.Toll Free: 1.866.773.7763 or Outside the US: (208) 664-5551

SIRS™ 4hr Advanced Course Outline

  • What is SIRS™
  • Write an incident report
  • Security Incident Reports Must Be
  • Report Writing Fundamentals
  • SIRS™ Objectives
  • SIRS™ Modules
  • I + R = O
Module One
  • Who
  • What
  • Where
  • When
  • Why
  • How
  • Report facts, NOT opinions
Module Two
Interviews & Note Taking Skills
  • Memory Exercise
  • Interviewing (Gathering Information)
  • When Interviewing Individuals
  • Pocket Notebook for Field Notes
  • Pocket Notebooks (PNB)
  • Good Notes = Good Sentences
  • Good Sentences
  • Good Sentences = Good Reports
  • Use Notes for Writing a Report
Module Three
Narrative Characteristics
  • Narrative = Story
  • Narrative Characteristics
  • Be Descriptive in your Narrative
  • Quotes
  • Narratives should include
  • Write a Narrative
Module Four
Before, During and After
  • Details matter
  • Chronological Order
  • Write in Past Tense
  • Report Writing Exercise
  • Write a Descriptive Narrative
Module Five
Tell the Story (non-fiction)
  • 1st person – 3rd person
  • First Person Reporting
  • Tell the Story
  • Elements of the Story
  • Stylistic Report Writing
  • Use Active Voice
  • Paragraph Structure
  • Finalizing the Story
  • Write an Incident Report
Module Six
Types of Documentation
  • Types of Documentation
  • Handwritten reports
  • Electronic reports
  • Incident/Event dispatch logs
Module Seven
Documenting Use of Force
  • Elements of Reporting Force
  • The Importance of Documentation
  • Use of Force Narratives
  • Attitudes toward Reports
  • Notes
Module Eight
Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation
  • Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation
  • Your Spelling and Punctuation
  • Subject/Verb Agreement
  • Subject/Verb Agreement
  • Pronoun Antecedent Agreement
  • Write an Incident Report
Module Nine
Report Writing Skills
  • Avoid Ambiguous Pronouns
  • Avoid Security/Police Jargon
  • Avoid Wordiness
  • Use Simple Words
  • Avoid Wordy Phrases
  • Be Specific
  • Notes …
Module Ten
Post Incident Follow-Up
  • Writing a Report
  • KISS Method
  • Addendum
  • Post-incident follow-up (track and trend)
  • Report Writing Tips & Warnings
  • Practice makes ___________
  • Notes
Reference Guide and Bibliography