Effective Law Enforcement Report Writing

Easy-to-Use Reference Guide that will aid any professional in documenting an official report and testifying in court using that report.

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This compact, easy-to-read reference guide offers an effective set of guidelines to aid any professional faced with the task of documenting his or her actions and observations in an official report, and testifying in court from that report. In Part One, the author, in ten easy steps, demonstrates how any report can be immediately improved, providing the professional in the field with the means to turn out well written and professional Law Enforcement Investigative and Operational Reports that are clearer, more coherent and concise, and more easily understood. A welcome addition to any law enforcement or criminal justice officer's arsenal.

Part Two of Effective Law Enforcement Report Writing contains hundreds of practice questions, problems and exercises for law enforcement trainers and criminal justice educators to use to test a student's knowledge of the subject. In addition, those preparing for any law enforcement or corrections "entry level" or "promotional" exam will find these practice questions and exercises extraordinarily valuable for exam preparation and review of this subject.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction



Part One

The Ten Commandments of Effective Law Enforcement Report Writing

The First Commandment

Never Fail to Properly Document Your Actions and Observations
The Second Commandment

Always Maintain Perspective

The Third Commandment

Always Think Before You Write The Fourth Commandment

Take Field Notes

The Fifth Commandment

Briefly Outline Before You Begin Writing Your Formal Report

Operations Report/Outline-Checklist

The Sixth Commandment

Record All Relevant Facts and Strive for Accuracy

The Seventh Commandment

Always Remain Objective

The Eighth Commandment

Strive for Clarity and Readability

The Ninth Commandment

Always Read Your Report Before Submitting It

The Tenth Commandment

Preview and Review



Part Two

Practice Questions and Problems in Effective Law Enforcement Report Writing

Succinct Writing

English Grammar and Usage

Field Notes

Subject/Verb/Pronoun Agreement

Sentence Correction

Paragraph-Style Sentence Correction

Spelling Errors

Choosing Correct Words

Punctuation

Reading Comprehension

Policy & Procedure—Comprehension and Interpretation

Off-Duty Employment Policy—Comprehension and Interpretation

Coherent Writing

General Knowledge Quiz



Part Three

Effective Law Enforcement Report Writing Reference Section

Commonly Misused Words in Law Enforcement

Commonly Misspelled Words in Law Enforcement

Common Roots and Their Meanings

Common Prefixes and Their Meanings

Common Suffixes and Their Meanings