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Officers, whether working in patrol, investigation, or custody, are required to write reports every day. These reports will be used during the course of criminal investigations, prosecutions of suspects and incarcerations of convicted felons. Excellent reports help prosecutors convince a judge or jury that the accused did in fact commit the crime. Report Writing for Police and Correctional Officersprovides potential and in-service officers an opportunity to strengthen their writing ability by presenting a brief introduction to the written English language, as well as specific police and correctional related report writing skills.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Police Reports and Their Purpose
Chapter 2 Good Writing Means Writing Well: Understanding the Parts of Speech
Chapter 3 The Mechanics of Writing
Chapter 4 Taking Effective Field Notes
Chapter 5 Writing a Good Narrative
Chapter 6 Writing Crime and Incident Reports
Chapter 7 Writing Arrest Reports
Chapter 8 Writing Search Warrants
Chapter 9 Writing for Correctional Officers
Appendix: Commonly Used Homophones, Commonly Misspelled Words Used in Reports, and Commonly Misused Homonyms