Painless Police Report Writing: An English Guide for Criminal Justice Professionals (2nd Edition)

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9780131123243: Painless Police Report Writing: An English Guide for Criminal Justice Professionals (2nd Edition)

For courses in criminal justice, report writing, basic writing skills, and law enforcement training programs. User-friendly and highly relevant to the field, this text takes students through the process of police report writing while using tangible explanations, examples, and exercises geared specifically to law enforcement interests. Incorporating grammar and composition skills with proven effective police reporting techniques and strategies, the Second Edition focuses on the importance of using correct English composition to ensure accurate police reports. With the authors' combined knowledge of English instruction and police training, this text provides students with an invaluable resource for pursuing a career in law enforcement, while furnishing them with a solid guide to English grammar and report writing techniques.

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Painless Police Report Writing, Second Edition, incorporates English grammar and composition skills with proven effective police report writing techniques and strategies. It emphasizes the importance of correct English composition for accurate police reports. Moreover, the unique combination of the authors' experience and background — an English instructor for more than 30 years with practical experience in police report writing needs and an active deputy sheriff and expert police trainer - guarantees a text that is relevant for today's law enforcement personnel, as well as being a permanent, personal resource and guide for English grammar and report writing techniques.

  • Incorporates English grammar and composition skills with police report writing techniques
  • Reinforces skills using a variety of grammar drills, sample reports, and exercises
  • Includes interpersonal communications skills for interviewing, interrogation, and note taking
  • Sample police report narratives
  • Preliminary Investigation checklist
  • Lists of "Deadwood Words," homonyms and spelling words
  • Chapters include Parts of Speech, Sentence Elements, Pronouns, Mechanics, and Spelling
  • Report writing techniques including the report writing process, chronological order, active voice sentence structure, and paragraphing
  • Five steps of police report writing: interviewing, note taking, organizing and planning, writing the narrative, and proofreading.
  • Pages are perforated so that students can submit work to the instructor for grading

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Legal charges may be filed or dismissed, court cases may be won or lost—all based on police officers' reports. Most law enforcement officers do not go into law enforcement because they love to write reports. When officers do encounter writing problems, often they do not know where to turn to find the solutions to these problems. Police academy report writing classes may be taught by law enforcement professionals without the English grammar to explain concepts and help struggling recruits. In desperation, frustrated officers turn to lower division and community college English composition classes.

Unfortunately, traditional English grammar and composition courses do not address many of the unique writing needs and requirements that go into a viable police narrative. Officers may come away from an English class with what, for them, may be useless terminology and overly involved or lengthy sentences—in short, a feeling that they have wasted their time. What now?

It was with these concerns in mind that the authors approached the writing of this text. They combined their talents and proven expertise in English instruction and police training to provide students and teachers with a reliable, relevant, and highly readable text. The result is an English text with law enforcement professionals in mind.

All the chapters have an introduction, stated objectives, explanatory text, and practice exercises geared specifically to police interests. At the end of each chapter, there is a chapter review, discussion questions, and review exercises, most in the form of police narratives, not isolated and unrelated sentences such as those found in many traditional grammar texts. In all examples, practices, and exercises, "deadwood words" have been replaced with "clear-meaning," everyday words such as those that should be used in clear, concise, well-written police narratives. Because the authors believe it is important to teach more than report writing and English in criminal justice programs and because they believe it is important to maintain equality as part of the educational process, every practice, exercise, or example includes all races and both genders in a variety of activities.

The first five chapters are devoted to presenting English grammar in a straightforward, easy-to-understand manner, using a conversational-style format. The last two chapters are devoted to the police report writing process. They include the types and uses of individual reports, interviewing and note-taking techniques and strategies, the organization of police reports, and proper word usage—in short, the rudiments of well-written police narratives.

A Student Workbook at the end of the text includes additional exercises to provide more practice for students who feel they want or need additional reinforcement. In addition, practice scenarios are provided that afford students an opportunity to put to use all the grammatical concepts and report writing techniques they have learned in the preceding chapters.

The Instructor's Manual includes answers to the 172 practice examples, 38 discussion questions, and 355 exercise examples. Special tips or suggestions are included at the beginning of each chapter review.

The entire text incorporates English grammar and composition skills with proven effective police report writing techniques and strategies. It emphasizes the importance of correct English composition for accurate police reports. Moreover, the unique combination of the authors' experience and background—an English instructor of more than twenty years with practical experience in police report writing needs and an active deputy sheriff and expert police trainer—guarantees a text that is relevant for today's law enforcement personnel as well as being a permanent personal resource and guide for English grammar and report writing techniques.

The authors wish to acknowledge the following reviewers: Wayne Coates, Pitt Community College, Greenville, NC; Clyde Cronkhite, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL; Bill Elfo, Chief of Police, Blame Police Department, Blaine, WA; David R. Graff, Kent State University-Tuscarawas, New Philadelphia, OH; Jeff Magers, SUNY College at Brockport, Brockport, NY; and Neal Strehlow, Fox Valley Technical College, Wautoma, WI.

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