R4 Blue to Gold Training Bulletproof Report Writing- Chubbuck

Course Number: R4141

Course Description:

The goal of Bulletproof Report Writing is to teach experienced police officers solid fundamentals that will help them write defensible police reports. Additionally, officers need the skills to write a report that will allow prosecutors to charge defendants without asking for follow-up information. Law enforcement officers need to know how to be fully prepared to not only answer the direct questions asked by the prosecutor, but also answer the cross-examination questions by the defense attorney and know how to respond to impeachment attempts.

Topics Covered/Overview


To teach students how to write a police report that causes the reader to believe that your actions were reasonable, appropriate, and defensible.


Students who complete the course will:

  • Discourage filings for motions to suppress evidence

  • Encourage guilty pleas

  • Serve as a roadmap for the prosecution

  • Provide for a basis to fully refresh your memory for trial

Training Modules

  1. Learn the Three Golden Rules of report writing.

  2. Explain the four goals of a police report, along with the eight audiences who typically read your reports.

  3. Learn straight-forward and effective report writing techniques, including:

    • Whether or not you should use CAPS

    • When to use paragraphs

    • Learn why a true professional writer uses topic headings to subdivide your report

    • When to use bullet points to make important legal conclusions

    • The value of identifying people by their role in the incident, not just their name

    • How to write short and direct sentences

    • Learn the seven elements of an effective synopsis

    • Describe how a true chronological report is written

    • Learn how to write a report summary (hint: it’s not like a college paper summary)

  4. Students will also learn how to articulate criminal elements in their reports, including two “hidden” elements for every crime

  5. Discuss how to effectively narrate on BWC without offending rules of evidence

  6. Learn the Rule of 5 for RS and PC articulation

  7. Learn how to “reverse engineer” case law in order to write better reports

  8. Explain how the importance of articulating legal conclusions

  9. Throughout the training students will do several engaging articulation exercises (this part is unique to our training)

Dates: January 28, 2021

Times: 0830-1700

Credit Hours: 7.5

Location: Chubbuck Police Department 5160 Yellowstone, Chubbuck, ID 83202

Cost: $159 ($379 if attending all three classes- Adv. Search and Seizure (Jan. 26) Adv. Traffic Stops (Jan 27), Bulletproof Report Writing (Jan 28))

(Attendees are responsible for meals, travel, and/or lodging)


Instructor(s): TBD

Remarks: Register via the Blue to Gold website, located here- https://www.bluetogold.com/


R4 Advanced Search and Seizure: Narcotics- Idaho Falls

Course Number: R4233B

Course Description:

This course is perfect for proactive narcotics and street officers. Topics include undercover operations inside homes; executing drug warrants; knock and announce issues; and more.

Dates: September 23, 2020

Times: 0830-1700

Credit Hours: 7.5

Location: Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office Training Annex, 577 D St., Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Cost: $149 ($349 if attending all three classes- Adv. Search: Warrantless, Adv. Search: Narcotics, Report Writing)

(Attendees are responsible for meals, travel, and/or lodging)


Instructor(s): TBD

Remarks: Register via the Blue to Gold website, located here- https://www.bluetogold.com/training/idaho-falls


R2 2020 Idaho Narcotics Officers’ Association Conference- Boise

Course Number: R2413

Course Description:

During this annual training conference, we are excited to present the following:


Psychological challenges

Issues and Hardships affecting Law Enforcement Families


Fast paced, one day course intended for Patrol Officers, Patrol Supervisors, Detectives, Probation Officers, who want to become more efficient in detecting, apprehending and documenting the arrest of criminals including; drug users, drug traffickers, gang members, and even terrorists.

Dates: June 22-24, 2020

Times: 0800-1700

Credit Hours: 24

Location: The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd. Boise, ID 83714

Cost: $300.00 if paid before June 6th. $325.00 if paid after June 6th

(Attendees are responsible for meals, travel, and/or lodging) ACCOMMODATIONS- When contacting the hotel, ask for the Idaho Narcotics Ofc. Association discount. There are rooms reserved for attendees, so register early. Contact the hotel at 208-343-1871.


Instructor(s): Dave Redemann, Joe Morris

Remarks: Click on the link for the registration form- INOA 2020 registration form Mail registration to INOA PO BOX 680 Rigby, ID 83442 or call Detective Pettingill at 208-248-2567 to register with credit card.