What Kind of Writers Does Law Enforcement Today (LET) Publish?
LET publishes writers with a connection to law enforcement. Articles are written by active and retired law enforcement officers, criminal justice professors, spouses of police officers, attorneys, unsworn law enforcement employees, military service members, law enforcement trainers, criminal justice graduate students, security personnel, etc…
LET does not pay for submitted content, as we believe that you can’t place a dollar value on the story of one writer over another.
Please submit short biographical details (150 words or less) including professional and educational background, which may be published as part of an article.
What Kind Of Article Does LET Seek?
LET looks for articles which provide an interesting perspective about current news and issues facing our profession. Articles may be about training issues, case law, special units, patrol, policy and procedure, police communications, current events, law enforcement controversy, crime, profiles of outstanding law enforcement members, policing history, and real life law enforcement experiences which readers can learn from as well as other contemporary police issues.
LET is run for and by law enforcement; it does not publish “police bashing” articles. While LET will consider publishing information about law enforcement which might be considered negative, such information will only be presented in a solution-based or lessons learned format. LET’s goal is to support and improve the profession.
All work submitted must be easy to read and easy to understand. Use straightforward sentences to help readers understand the concepts presented. Write in the active voice vs. the passive voice. Grammar, syntax, and spelling must be correct.
The following ideas are from Strunk’s Elements of Style:
- Be specific, concrete, and definite
- Use the active rather than the passive voice
- Put the statements in positive form
- Write with nouns and verbs
- Don’t overstate
- Avoid the use of qualifiers
- Don’t explain too much
- Avoid fancy words
- Be clear
Written work should be understandable to all readers, regardless of academic background. Articles must be relevant to law enforcement in its many forms. Feel free include tables, drawings, charts, or photographs.
Please submit in 12 font Ariel or New Times Roman formats.
Articles must be original material except for short passages with references, which are properly cited. We use Associate Press (AP) Stylebook for proper journalistic format.
Ideally, most LET articles are 500 – 1,000 words. Shorter is typically better. Online readers do not want to review a novel or lengthy academia literature. Please contact the editor to discuss if your article falls outside this guideline.
How To Submit Your Article
Please attach your article in a Word document and e-mail it to [email protected] with “Submission” as the subject heading. Be sure to include the proposed headline for the article.
By contributing a story to Law Enforcement Today, you agree that LET retains exclusive publishing rights to that content. You also agree that the content has not previously been published elsewhere (unless explicit, written consent has been given by that publisher to republish said content). By submitting your work to LET for publication, you agree to editorial review and understand changes might be necessary. LET editors may change submitted work to correct for grammar, syntax, clarity or brevity. The editors will never change your thoughts or opinions.
The editorial team makes every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinion, or statement appears on LET. However, the data and opinions appearing in the articles and advertisements are the sole responsibility of the contributor or advertiser. The publisher, the editorial board, editors, and their respective employees, officers, and agents accept no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the consequences of any such inaccurate or misleading data, opinion, or statement.
LET likes to use personal photographs that complement submitted articles. When submitting photo’s, please indicate permission to use the picture is granted to LET by the person or institution that has the copyright/ownership to it.
Articles are loaded in WordPress for publication. LET strives to construct each article in a manner that search engine optimization (SEO) is fully utilized. We want as many people to read your work as possible. Although we distribute all features to our social media platforms, we also want internet search engines to find them based upon word search queries. As such, minor modifications might be made to accommodate this.