Police Writing

Police Writing : A Guide to the Essentials

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For courses in report writing for police officers and criminal justice writing.

This book provides comprehensive instructions and real models for the most common types of writing required of law enforcement personnel, including narrative reports, proposals, memos, short reports, letters and email. Also included is coverage of conducting a job search and writing cover letters, resumes and follow-up letters. Additionally, the text offers a guide to writing research papers for students who are just beginning to pursue their degrees in preparation for a career in law enforcement.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 172.7 x 228.6 x 15.2mm | 340.2g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130981893
  • 9780130981899

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Students and practitioners alike will find this text a very user-friendly guide to writing for law enforcement. This book would be ideal for a law enforcement writing class, a training manual for police academies, and a resource manual for police departments.

Features of this text include: An overview of writing styles and tasks Guidelines and models for professional writing tasks Guidelines for writing grant proposals A step-by-step approach to writing a research paper
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Table of contents


To the Student. To the Instructor. Acknowledgement.


1. Report Writing Style.

What is Style? The Seven C's of Criminal Justice Writing. Chapter Summary. Activities.

2. Planning and Organizing.

Why are Planning and Organizing Important? Prewriting. Writing. Revising. Chapter Review. Activities.


3. Writing a Law Enforcement Report.

Special Considerations. Why We Write. What Reports Reflect. Elements of a Good Report. Field Notes. Incident Reports. Non-Fatality Traffic Accidents. Arrest Warrants. James Lewis Blue.

Chapter Summary.

Report Characteristics. Field Notes. Narrative Reports. Activities.

4. Writing Letters, Proposals and Reports.

Jack of All Trades. Letters and Memos. Writing Proposals. Writing Short Reports. El Reno Police Department Memo. Chapter Review. Activities.

5. Writing for a Job Search.

Writing Cover Letters. Writing Resumes. Writing Follow-Up Letters. Chapter Summary. Activities.


6. The Research Paper.

What is a Research Paper? Chapter Review. Activities.

7. Researching.

Types of Research. A Word about Internet Plagiarism. Making Reference Cards. Making Note Cards. Checklist for Preparing to Write. Activities.

8. Organizing and Drafting.

Making an Outline. Writing the Abstract. Writing the Introduction/Thesis Statement. Adding Supporting Evidence. Including Headings. Incorporating Illustrations and Tables. Documenting Quotations. Writing the Conclusion. Chapter Review. Activities.

9. Documentation Styles.

What is Documentation Style? MLA Style. APA Style. ASA Style.

10. A Brief English Handbook.

Sentence Mechanics. Common Sentence Errors. Mechanical Errors.


A. Search Warrant Affidavit.
B. Sample Grant Proposal.
C. Grant Application Form.
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