Report Writing for Law Enforcement and Corrections Professionals / Edition 1 available in Paperback
A holistic approach to the intricacies of the criminal justice report writing system.
Report Writing for Law Enforcement Professionals: From Dispatch to the Courtroom documents all aspects of the criminal justice system, from arrival at the scene of an incident to the presentation of the written report in court, and provides the tools, resources, and practical exercises to master the skill of professional criminal justice report writing. With a focus on the universality of the criminal justice system regarding reports, the authors demonstrate how the basic concepts of report writing cut across criminal justice career fields, from patrol officers to correctional officers, and provide instruction in all aspects of the criminal justice profession that relate to writing a professional criminal justice report. Practical features make the concepts clear, among them The Right Way to Write sections emphasizing the essential writing principles; video scenarios that allow students to apply their observational skills, take notes, and write case reports; practical exercises that reinforce the concepts at the ends of the chapters; examples of forms and documents most commonly used by law enforcement professionals.
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About the Author
Michael Merson joined the United States Army in January of 1991 and served in the Military Police Corps until March of 1998. It was in the United States Army where he first started writing police reports for crimes committed on the various army posts where he was assigned. Michael left the U.S. Army after nearly seven and a half years of service and was hired by the Colorado Springs Police Department. While working for the Colorado Springs Police Department, Michael was assigned to the patrol division, traffic division, the neighborhood police unit, the commercial vehicle unit, and the evidence cadre. Michael also was assigned to the Major Accident Unit and on occasion trained new officers while in the patrol division. Michael has also served as the Interim Director of the Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Academy. Additionally, Michael has previously served as a Citizen at Large for the El Paso County Community Corrections Board for three years where he reviewed thousands of police reports written by correction officers, parole officers, probation officers, police officers, and sheriff deputies.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Reports, the English Language, and Police Jargon 1
Chapter 2 The Art of Note-Taking 18
Chapter 3 The Parts of the Narrative Case Report 31
Chapter 4 The Basics of English Grammar 40
Chapter 5 First Officer on Scene 49
Chapter 6 Types of Reports 61
Chapter 7 Traffic Summons/Tickets and Crash Reports 81
Chapter 8 Types of Statements 112
Chapter 9 Misdemeanor Crimes Involving People and Property 126
Chapter 10 Felony Crimes Involving Property 133
Chapter 11 Felony Crimes Against People 143
Chapter 12 Documentation of the Use of Force 153
Chapter 13 Probable Cause Affidavits, Arrest Warrants, and Search Warrants 167
Chapter 14 Miscellaneous Forms 180
Chapter 15 Correctional Forms and Reports 194
Chapter 16 Putting It All Together 205
Appendix: Sample Forms 213