Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals (inbunden)
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Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals (inbunden)

Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals

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The criminal justice process is dependent on accurate documentation. Criminal justice professionals can spend 50-75 percent of their time writing administrative and research reports. The information provided in these reports is crucial to the functioning of our system of justice. Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals, Sixth Edition, provides practical guidance-with specific writing samples and guidelines-for providing strong reports. Most law enforcement, security, corrections, and probation and parole officers have not had adequate training in how to provide well-written, accurate, brief, and complete reports. Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals covers everything officers need to learn-from basic English grammar to the difficult but often-ignored problem of creating documentation that will hold up in court. This new edition includes updates to reference materials and citations, as well as further supporting examples and new procedures in digital and electronic report writing.
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Larry S. Miller is a Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at East Tennessee State University. A former law enforcement officer and crime laboratory director, Miller has authored or co-authored seven textbooks, including Police Photography, Crime Scene Investigation, and Effective Police Supervision. His research interests and journal publications are in the areas of policing and forensic science. John T. Whitehead is a Professor and former Chair in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at East Tennessee State University. He completed his M.A. at the University of Notre Dame and earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from SUNY-Albany. He teaches courses in corrections, criminal justice ethics, and the death penalty.


Acknowledgments Introduction SECTION 1 THE NATURE OF REPORT WRITING CHAPTER 1 The Why and How of Report Writing Why Do You Write Reports? Law Enforcement Reports Security Reports Corrections Reports Probation and Parole Officer Reports Forensic and Scientific Reports How Do You Write Reports? Writing the Log Do Not Copy Randomly Chosen Models How Do You Get Started? What Kind of Notebook Should You Use? How Much Should You Record in a Notebook? Investigate, Do Not Just Record Do Not Use Legalese or Old-fashioned Terminology Should You Use Abbreviations? Add Sketches, Photographs, and Diagrams Evidence for Law Enforcement Types of Evidence Evidence Collected for Security Evidence Collected for Probation and Parole Need for Documentation What Should Be Documented? The ABCs of Report Writing (Whatever Your Field) Summary Chapter 1-Test CHAPTER 2 Starting to Write Planning Your Writing Completing the Face Page Review Your Notes Make a "Shopping List" Place Information in Groups Label the Groups Place Groups in Order Writing the Report Subheadings Proofreading and Revisions Sample Writing Exercise Using the Shopping List Method Creating a Shopping List from Notes Grouping the Shopping List Labeling the Shopping List Placing the Labeled Shopping List in Order Final Report Basic Recommendations for Writing Reports Spelling, Jargon, and Abbreviation Verb Tense Active versus Passive Voice Pronoun Agreement Third Person versus First Person Gender-Neutral Language Superfluous Words or Legalese Accurate and Factual Reporting Conciseness Promptness Summary Chapter 2-Test CHAPTER 3 The Face Page UCR Crime Definitions Part I Offenses Part II Offenses Methods of Gathering Information Correct Abbreviation and Capitalization Dealing with Names Writing a Good Synopsis Keeping Up with Trends Summary Chapter 3-Test CHAPTER 4 The Narrative-The Continuation Page and Follow-Up Report Continuation Page, Follow-Up Report, and Supplementary Report or Material What is Your Purpose? Who are Your Readers? Chronological Organization Using Military Time Headings and Subheadings as a Way of Organizing Creating Visual Impact and Ease of Reading Avoiding Repetition and Meaningless Material Getting Rid of Stereotyped Fillers Summary Chapter 4-Test CHAPTER 5 Habits that Make for Speedy Writing Writing about People You and Your Fellow Employees Describing Other People Writing about Property Writing about Places Specific Parts of a Location Describing MOs and Trademarks Definitions of MO and Trademark Avoid Being called on Your Time Off Summary Chapter 5-Test CHAPTER 6 Other Types of Writing Learning from the Short Memo Writing a Letter Faxes, Emails, and Other Electronic Media Recording Minutes of a Meeting The Presentence Investigation Report Research and Other Reports Summary Learning from the Short Memo Writing the Letter Recording the Meeting Presentence Investigation Report Research and Other Reports Chapter 6-Test CHAPTER 7 Reading and Correcting Reports Common Problem Areas Use of Word Processors Improving the Agency by Helping the Individual Summary Chapter 7-Test SECTION 2 THE MECHANICS OF REPORT WRITING CHAPTER 8 Simplified Study of Grammar Identifying Parts of Speech Using One Word in Several Ways Using Verbs in the Past Tense The Sentence Direct Objects Versus Indirect Objects: Learning the Patterns Identifying Active and Passive Verbs Identifying Independent and Dependent Clauses Recognizing Prepositional, Participial, and Infinitive Phrases Using Phrases as Adverbs, Adjectives, and Nouns Prepositional Phrases Participial Phrases Infinitive Phra