Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals


  • Larry Miller
  • John Whitehead

Provides practical advice on report writing-with specific writing samples and guidelines for law enforcement, security, corrections and probation personnel that is organized into three sections: The Nature of Report Writing, The Mechanics of Report Writing, and the Modernization of Report Writing.

The authors go beyond the routine English grammar approach to deal with the difficult but often-ignored problem of documentation that will hold up in court. Important concepts are emphasized with related checklists, forms and pull-out chapter tests.

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Book information

  • Published: January 2006
  • ISBN: 978-1-59345-316-9

Table of Contents

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 and Predictions in Criminal Justice