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Law Enforcement Today | May 6, 2016

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Police Reports

Resolve to Write Better Police Reports

January 5, 2012 |

Report writing creates difficulty for many officers–and for many men and women who would like a career in law enforcement. A friend who teaches in a police academy tells me her students are more afraid of report writing than any … Read More

Ten Tips for Writing Police Reports Efficiently

December 23, 2011 | 2

Try using these 10 tips the next time you write a police report, and you’ll be able to complete your paperwork more quickly and efficiently. And that’s only one of the benefits. Anyone who reads your report (a lieutenant, reporter, … Read More

Criminal Justice Report Writing: Interviewing Victims

December 13, 2011 |

Experienced police officers say that interviewing victims can be one of the most stressful parts of the job. Victims bring a host of negative and sometimes overwhelming feelings to the interview: fear, rage, helplessness, confusion, and guilt. The officer, on … Read More

Making Your Police Reports Flow

December 9, 2011 | 4

Producing a police report is very different from what you might have learned in your English classes about writing an essay or creating a short story. You can’t just start at the beginning and recount what happened. For one thing, … Read More