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NCJ Number: 141538 Find in a Library
Journal: ASLET Journal  Volume:8  Issue:1  Dated:(January-February 1993)  Pages:26-29
Author(s): D Berry; S Berry; D Ericson
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 4
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper suggests six ways to improve the sentences used in incident reports, because good sentences are essential to good reports and some law enforcement personnel do not write good sentences.
Abstract: Report writers should follow the normal subject-verb pattern, although some variety in sentence patterns is desirable. They should not write fragments that omit either a subject or a verb. They should also use the active voice, use the verb form rather than the noun form of a word to make a point, and write short sentences with an average of 12 to 15 words. They should also avoid writing run-on sentences, which are an incorrect combination of two sentences. Examples
Main Term(s): Police report writing training; Report writing
Index Term(s): Police reports
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