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Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals

The criminal justice process is dependent on accurate documentation. Criminal justice professionals can spend 50-75% of their time writing administrative and research reports. Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals, Fifth Edition provides practical guidance--with specific writing samples and guidelines--for providing strong reports. Much of the legal process depends on careful documentation and the crucial information that lies within, but most law enforcement, security, corrections, and probation and parole officers have not had adequate training in how to provide well-written, accurate, brief, and complete reports. Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals covers everything officers need to learn--from basic English grammar to the difficult but often-ignored problem of creating documentation that will hold up in court.

This new edition is updated to include timely information, including extensive coverage of digital reporting, updates on legal issues and privacy rights, and expanded coverage of forensics and scientific reporting.

Paperback, 438 Pages

Published: December 2013

Imprint: Anderson Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4557-7769-3


  • Section One: The Nature of Report Writing

    1. The Why and How of Report Writing

    2. Starting to Write

    3. The Face Page

    4. The Narrative — The Continuation Page and Follow-Up Report

    5. Habits that Make for Speedy Writing

    6. Other Types of Writing

    7. Reading and Correcting Reports

    Section Two: The Mechanics of Report Writing

    8. Simplified Study of Grammar

    9. Avoiding Errors in Sentence Structure

    10. Making Punctuation Work

    11. Breaking the Spelling Jinx

    12. Using or Abusing Words

    13. Abbreviating and Capitalizing

    Section Three: The Modernization of Report Writing

    14. Innovations in Criminal Justice


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