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The most complete and up-to-date guide to writing in law enforcement: covers every aspect of effective writing, including report writing elements, basic writing skills, and interpersonal skills for ethically identifying the most effective information to include.

Report It In Writing, 6E is the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to effective report writing for all law enforcement and public safety professionals. Organized in an easy-to-follow A to Z format, it covers both report writing elements and basic writing skills, as well as the interpersonal skills that are indispensable to effective information gathering. Throughout, integrated exercises focus on identifying basic facts and reinforcing basic rules of the English language. This edition contains many new exercises, as well as expanded 100-question pre- and post-tests, helping students more effectively review spelling, punctuation, grammar, proofreading, chronological order, and much more. Readers will find new or expanded coverage of many crucial topics, including ethical investigation and reporting; listening and rapport; observation, description, and other key topics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136093558
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/19/2010
  • Series: Alternative eText Formats Series
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 700,222
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Top Twelve Reasons Why You Should Write Well

A. Report-Writing Rules
B. Ten Good Questions
C. Ethical Reporting
D. Chronological Order
E. Fact vs. Opinion
F. Vague vs. Specific Language
G. Common Abbreviations for Note Taking
H. Who vs. Whom
I. Proofreading
J. First- vs. Third-Person Reporting
K. Report-Writing "Shoulds"
L. Note Taking
M. Organizing the Report
N. Observation and Description
O. Your A-Z Guide at a Glance
P. Report-Writing Exercises for Police, Probation, and Corrections Officers
Q. Interviewing Skills and Investigative Reporting
R. Ten Steps for Becoming a Good Listener
S. CPR: Courtesy, Professionalism, and Respect
T. Establishing Rapport
U. Interpersonal Communication
V. Nonverbal Communication
W. When to Write a Report?
X. The Four C's
Y. Document, Document, Document
Z. Get a Writing Mentor

A. Nouns
B. Pronouns
C. Verbs
D. Adjectives
E. Adverbs
F. Prepositions
G. Conjunctions
H. Interjections
Final Note



A. What Is a Sentence?
B. Changing Fragments to Sentences
C. Misplaced Phrases D. Run-on Sentence (Fused Sentence)
E. Subject Identification
F. Capitalization

A. Active and Passive Voice
B. Subject and Verb Agreement
C. Pronoun Agreement


A. The Comma
B. The Comma Splice
C. The Semicolon
D. The Colon
E. Quotation Marks
F. The Apostrophe

Glossary of Writing, Grammar and Word Usage Rules
Recommended Reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2011

    Informative, but....

    Book is very informative, but would it would have been helpful if the answers to the pre- and post-tests were included.

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