Law Enforcement Event

Crash Investigation

Updated on April 1st, 2023
Guidelines PDFScorecard PDFCR-3 1/1/2018Code Sheet CR-3 1/1/2018

The team will evaluate, diagram, photograph, and properly complete the CR-3 (Crash Report) for a mock crash scene. Students will interview all persons involved. Each team member will be responsible for specific duties. Teams must terminate their investigation and submit their CR-3 and photographs to the judge prior to the expiration of time. To provide students the opportunity to demonstrate investigative, diagramming/sketching, photographing, and documenting a crash scene; in compliance with the Texas Department of Transportation’s crash reporting requirements.

Dress Code

Competitors shall wear a uniform consistent with current standards in law enforcement patrol.


Team Size
# Competitors per Team
Team Limit
# Teams per Chapter


  • Photo Identification qt. 1

    Reference https://tpsa.info/policies for more information

  • Blue / Black Inkpen qt. 1
  • Blank writing tablet of any size for note taking qt. 1
  • Duty belt with simulated handgun, handcuffs, handcuff key qt. 1
  • Measuring and diagramming/sketching tools qt. 1
  • Digital camera with a display screen qt. 1
  • Printed 2018 CR-3 form qt. 1
  • Printed 2018 Texas Peace Officer's Crash Report - Code Sheet (CR-3CS) qt. 1


  • Competitors in this event must be active members of the Texas Public Safety Association and in good standing with the Texas Public Safety Association.
  • Competitors must be familiar with and adhere to the Texas Public Safety Association Bylaws and Code of Conduct.
  • Plagiarism, copyright violation and falsification of information are prohibited. Any attempt to gain an unfair advantage will not be tolerated. Violation of the code of conduct or bylaws will result in disqualification and revocation of Texas Public Safety Association membership.
  • The scenario is a secret topic. Professional ethics demand that competitors DO NOT discuss or reveal the secret topic until after the event has concluded. Violation of the ethics rules will result in disqualification and revocation of Texas Public Safety Association membership.
  • The team will have thirty (30) minutes to gather information, interview any involved parties, complete the crash report and take photographs. Competitors not finished at the end of the thirty (30) minute time limit will receive a “DNF” (Did Not Finish). The judge may not answer questions after time has started.
  • The judge may not answer questions after time has started.
  • Competitors may not have pre-written questions or completed crash reports while competing in this event. Students may bring a blank notebook to record field notes. All field notes must be turned into the judge and attached to the score sheet.
  • Competitors will use the 2018 Crash Report (CR-3) for this event. See the CR-3 on the TPSA website for fields that will not be applicable in this event. Only pages 1 and 2 will be needed and they may be printed 2-sided but it is not required.
  • Competitors may bring a printed copy of the 2018 Code Sheet (CR-3CS) however, a printed copy of the CR-100 (Instructions guide) may not be used during the event.
  • All teams will be given the same scenario to investigate.
  • The scene will have 2 - 3 role players, the role players cannot be judges.
  • The judge will have the final decision on tie breakers based on overall team performances.
  • The background of the judge shall be certified law enforcement.
  • Photographs of vehicle damage may be provided by judges to allow for proper CR-3 coding.


  1. Team will report to their respective event when called for or at a set reporting time.
  2. Team must check in with event management upon arrival and present photo identification for verification.
  3. Team will be directed (by scene moderator) to the scenario location.
  4. Instructions and scenario details will be given (by Judge) to the Team. The judge will provide the scene address.
  5. The scene moderator will set a timer for thirty (30) minutes.
  6. When the scene moderator starts the timer and calls “start”, each team member will have the following duties:
    1. The Photographer: Scene photographs to include - A photograph that encompasses the entire crash scene, photographs for all sides of each vehicle and photograph damage to each vehicle. The photographer may take 13 photographs maximum to be shown to the judge. No Drone photography shall be allowed.
    2. The Diagrammer: Record proper measurements and properly sketch the scene noting direction on the CR-3. Due to the time limit for this event a separate second page of the CR-3 may be printed and used by the Diagrammer for the Field Diagram portion only.
    3. The Documenter: Properly complete the necessary fields on the CR-3.
  7. The scene moderator will give the team a Two (2) minute time remaining warning.
  8. The scene moderator will call “time” when the 30 minute timer sounds. Competitors who have not completed the crash scene report & photographs when time is called will receive a “DNF”. Teams who receive a “DNF” will place behind teams who complete the event in the allotted time period. Teams who receive a “DNF” shall not advance to state competition regardless of the amount of teams participating in the competition.
  9. The team will submit all photographs, notes, and CR-3 to the judge prior to the call of time for review.

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