SA, and what LEO is looking for from a good witness
I was reading another post, and it got me thinking. I was thinking that most of the people on this forum probably have more SA than most of the sheeple out there. So anyway, I did a search for witness and didn't really find anything. I was just wondering if any of the LEO, former LEO, or anybody that had to provide a statement could provide some insight on what kind of information they are looking for and how much they really expect a witness to recall, so that if I ever do get in a situation where I need to provide a statement, maybe I'll be a little more help. I know, I might not think about it during a SHTF moment, but then, maybe I will. Also, I was wondering about how often a LEO gets a good statement from people(accurate information, details, etc) vs people not having any clue what happened...I would imagine you guys have tons of stories about conflicting statements and completely bogus statements even from people who are trying to help as much as possible.
So to get it started...basics would be like...
timeframe, how long whatever lasted, description of suspect as in, build, hair color, weight, height, how he was dressed, which direction he came from and left, anybody else around who might have seen more...I don't know...anything you guys can think of?