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Written by experienced police officers in an engaging, conversational tone, A STREET OFFICER'S GUIDE TO REPORT WRITING teaches effective writing by examining and demonstrating the 'Four Pillars' of a well-written report (Clear, Concise, Complete, and Accurate).Packed with examples as well as stories from the authors' own experience, the book demonstrates the critical importance of writing skills in the field of criminal justice, as well as the positive effects of these skills on professional success. The book also illustrates the Five W's and One H of Journalism, email correspondence, letter writing, performance reviews, proofreading, and much more. A STREET OFFICER'S GUIDE TO REPORT WRITING is an essential resource for new officers, criminal justice students, and seasoned professionals who want to improve their report-writing skills.
Table of Contents
Preface: A Greeting
What are you Getting Yourself Into?
Who's Who in This Zoo?
A Pecking Order
And Away We Go
What is a Police Report? It is what it is
"Report Writing is boring." Who Reads his Stuff? Case in point
A Trip to the Fair
A Quality Report
The First Pillar
You Can't Read What You Can't See
In Order To Write, Write in Order
That's What They Say
"De Plane" Language
Oops! Spell It, Spell It, Spell It Out Loudà Grammar Sucks
Case in point
Did I Mention that Grammar Sucks? Man, Am I Ever Tense
Active versus Passive Voice
Change it Up
The End is Just the Beginning
Steve Is Cool (Part I)
It All Ties Together...and a River Runs Through It
Steve Is Cool (Part II)
The How of it
Charlotte was Concise
Never the Twain Shall Meet
A Trip to the Hospital
The Ballad of Woody
You Complete Me
The Reason for the Box
Whaddaya See, Whaddaya Hear? You Do, Bad Guy Do
Another Trip to the Hospital
How important is it to be accurate? Yin of Accuracy
The Yang of Accuracy
The One-Eyed Man is King Today's is Yesterday's Tomorrow
How About Them Boxes? Roles People Play
How Much for That DVD Player in My Living Room? That's What Pete Said
Tee it High and Let it Fly
Time to Summarize (not Winter-ize) Proof of the Crime
How do you proofread? Final Accuracy
What Am I Looking For?
Keep on Writin' in the Free World
Memorandum and Proposals
A Final Review
Final Review Key
A (good) Example Burglary Report
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