Maryland Independent police briefs info

  • To avoid jargon, do not use these words (use these instead)
    • Fled (explain how they left, i.e., ran away, rode a bicycle etc.)
    • Responded (went to)
    • Advised (told, suggested etc.)
    • Conducted an investigation (investigated)
  • Use the type of criminal indicated in the material (robber, burglar etc. instead of suspect)
    • Use name if listed
  • If material uses “male” or female,” change it to boy/man or girl/woman
  • Be a specific as possible
    • Did suspect point/hold/say he had a gun? Don’t use display.
  • Don’t use “K-9 dog.” Use “police dog team.”
  • Bail is money or property that will be forfeited to the court if an accused individual fails to appear for trial. It may be posted as follows:
    • The accused may deposit with the court the full amount or its equivalent in collateral such as a deed to property.
    • A friend or relative may make such a deposit with the court.
    • The accused may pay a professional bail bondsman a percentage of the total figure. The bondsman, in turn, guarantees the court that it will receive from him the full amount in the event the individual fails to appear for trial.
    • It is correct in all cases to say that an accused posted bail or posted a bail bond (the money held by the court is a form of bond). When a distinction is desired, say that the individual posted his own bail, that bail was posted by a friend or relative, or that bail was obtained through a bondsman.
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