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The 5th edition of Report It in Writing is a must-have, must-read guide for Public Safety professionals who need to write reports. Organized in an easy-to-follow A to Z format, it discusses both report writing elements and basic writing skills. Each part tackles a specific aspect of report writing–from listening to punctuation. Integrated exercises focus on indentifying basic facts and reinforcing basic rules of the English language. With its emphasis on ethics, investigative reporting and interpersonal skills, this book shows officers not only what information should go into reports, but also how to write this information well. New features to this edition include:

  • New spelling exercises
  • New punctuation exercises
  • New grammar exercises
  • New proofreading exercises
  • New chronological order exercises
  • New pre and post tests
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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: 594,095
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents



Part A: Report Writing Rules

Part B: Ten Good Questions

Part C: Ethical Reporting

Part D: Chronological Order

Part E: Fact vs. Opinion

Part F: Vague vs. Specific Language

Part G: Common Abbreviations for Note Taking

Part H: Who vs. Whom

Part I: Proofreading

Part J: First- vs. Third-Person Reporting

Part K: Report-Writing “Shoulds”

Part L: Note Taking

Part M: Organizing the Report

Part N: Observation and Description

Part O: You’re A-Z Guide at a Glance

Part P: Report-Writing Exercises for Police, Probation, and Corrections Officers

Part Q: Interviewing Skills and Investigative Reporting

Part R: Ten Steps for Becoming a Good Listener

Part S: CPR–Courtesy, Professionalism, and Respect

Part T: Establishing Rapport

Part U: Interpersonal Communication

Part V: Nonverbal Communication

Part W: When to Write a Report

Part X: The Four C’s

Part Y: Document, Document, Document

Part Z: Get a Writing Mentor


Part A: Nouns

Part B: Pronouns

Part C: Verbs

Part D: Adjectives

Part E: Adverbs

Part F: Prepositions

Part G: Conjunctions

Part H: Interjections



Part A: What Is a Sentence?

Part B: Changing Fragments to Sentences

Part C: Misplaced Phrases

Part D: Run-on Sentence ( Fused Sentence)

Part E: Subject Identification

Part F: Capitalization


Part A: Active and Passive Voice

Part B: Subject and Verb Agreement

Part C: Pronoun Agreement



Part A: The Comma

Part B: The Comma Splice

Part C: The Semicolon

Part D: The Colon

Part E: Quotation Marks

Part F: Apostrophe


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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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