Blank Police Reports - where to find them
There is not much uniformity from state to state or department to department as to the format of blank police reports that are available online for the public to download.
Some cities and states do a good job of making forms available online, while others do not. Some states provide online fill-in-the-blank forms; others provide downloadable PDF or DOC forms that can be completed on the user’s computer, or printed and filled out by hand.
The one form that is usually available at a police department site, or through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on the state level, is an accident report form. Virtually all states require that vehicular accidents over a certain dollar amount of damage or any level of injury be reported by the parties involved. To fail to report the accident within a defined number of hours may result in a suspension of their license.
Blank police reports for accidents generally include an area to describe the location, time and description of what occurred. Parties to the accident are to list their name, drivers’ license number, vehicle information, and as much information as possible about the other vehicles involved. There is also room to sketch the accident scene, as well as room to describe it. It is also necessary for insurance information to be entered on the form.
Accident participants should carefully follow the instructions on the form before filing it.
Other types of
blank police reports will
depend on the community and the state.
Application to be notified of sex offenders in the vicinity.
Criminal referrals. Citizens can report various types of suspected crimes or violations. For example, the State of Virginia’s form asks for the agency against which the crime was committed, the type of violation (misappropriation of funds, theft of state property, bribery, credit or check fraud, or procurement violations). The reporting party is asked for the estimated cost of the criminal activity, and whether the party involved has been suspended.
Insurance fraud form. The reporter will list what was claimed, how much the claim was, what portion of the claim is fraudulent, as well as the insured person’s name, address and policy information.
Forms to share information between agencies and departments.
Terrorist information form. Citizens can use this form to report suspicious activity.
Police department forms at the community
Police department forms at the community level include:
Lost and stolen property forms.
Reporting of possible drug activity
Some communities have a multi-purpose online reporting form. That form allows the user to select the type of crime, incident or suspicious activity, and the basics about the location, time and individuals involved. The form may include information concerning any witnesses. Most police departments will allow anonymous crime tips to be turned in, to encourage more citizens to come forward with information without the threat of intimidation.
Some online services create blank police reports that can be filled out and turned in to police departments and other agencies. The police department can work with those services to customize the report format. One such service can be found at Formdocs.com.
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