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The most complete and up-to-date guide to writing in law enforcement: covers every aspect of effective writing, including report writing elements, basic writing skills, and interpersonal skills for ethically identifying the most effective information to include.
Report It In Writing, 6E is the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to effective report writing for all law enforcement and public safety professionals. Organized in an easy-to-follow A to Z format, it covers both report writing elements and basic writing skills, as well as the interpersonal skills that are indispensable to effective information gathering. Throughout, integrated exercises focus on identifying basic facts and reinforcing basic rules of the English language. This edition contains many new exercises, as well as expanded 100-question pre- and post-tests, helping students more effectively review spelling, punctuation, grammar, proofreading, chronological order, and much more. Readers will find new or expanded coverage of many crucial topics, including ethical investigation and reporting; listening and rapport; observation, description, and other key topics.
Table of Contents
Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Top Twelve Reasons Why You Should Write Well Pretest
I. THE A-Z'S OF REPORT WRITING A. Report-Writing Rules B. Ten Good Questions C. Ethical Reporting D. Chronological Order E. Fact vs. Opinion F. Vague vs. Specific Language G. Common Abbreviations for Note Taking H. Who vs. Whom I. Proofreading J. First- vs. Third-Person Reporting K. Report-Writing "Shoulds" L. Note Taking M. Organizing the Report N. Observation and Description O. Your A-Z Guide at a Glance P. Report-Writing Exercises for Police, Probation, and Corrections Officers Q. Interviewing Skills and Investigative Reporting R. Ten Steps for Becoming a Good Listener S. CPR: Courtesy, Professionalism, and Respect T. Establishing Rapport U. Interpersonal Communication V. Nonverbal Communication W. When to Write a Report? X. The Four C's Y. Document, Document, Document Z. Get a Writing Mentor
II. PARTS OF SPEECH A. Nouns B. Pronouns C. Verbs D. Adjectives E. Adverbs F. Prepositions G. Conjunctions H. Interjections Final Note
IV. THE SENTENCE
A. What Is a Sentence? B. Changing Fragments to Sentences C. Misplaced Phrases D. Run-on Sentence (Fused Sentence) E. Subject Identification F. Capitalization
V. ACTIVE VS. PASSIVE VOICE, SUBJECT AND VERB AGREEMENT, AND GRAMMAR A. Active and Passive Voice B. Subject and Verb Agreement C. Pronoun Agreement
VII. PUNCTUATION A. The Comma B. The Comma Splice C. The Semicolon D. The Colon E. Quotation Marks F. The Apostrophe
Posttest Glossary of Writing, Grammar and Word Usage Rules Recommended Reading Index