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NCJ Number: 183929 Find in a Library
Title: Reporting Writing Essentials
Author(s): Lance A. Parr
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 92
Sponsoring Agency: Copperhouse @ Atomic Dog Publishing
Cincinnati, OH 45210
Publication Number: ISBN 0-942728-99-8
Sale Source: Copperhouse @ Atomic Dog Publishing
1203 Main Street, Third Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45210
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This presentation of report-writing essentials meets and exceeds all performance objectives for police report writing prescribed by the California Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training for the basic academy course.
Abstract: This is done by dealing with a broad range of police report-writing problems that have been specifically identified by extensive research and empirical data as being the greatest cause of confusing police reports. Seven of the eight chapters address aspects of correct grammar and sentence structure. Nouns and pronouns are defined and illustrated in Chapter 1, followed by a chapter on verbs and subject verb agreement; regular and irregular verbs are defined, as is verb tense. First-person sentence construction, sentence subject, and pronoun-antecedent are defined as well. Chapter 3 focuses on modifiers and sentence structure. Topics covered in this chapter include adjectives, adverbs, modifiers, complete sentences, run-on sentences, and comma splice. A chapter on punctuation addresses comma and apostrophe usage; the forming of possessives; and parentheses, brackets, dashes, hyphens, colons, semi-colons, and quotation marks. Other chapters on grammar focus on capitalization, abbreviations, and spelling; active voice, chronological order, and word choice; and paragraphing, jargon, slang, facts, inferences, and opinions. The concluding chapter describes the process of police report writing. Appendixes contain answers to "practices," and samples of "bad, good and better reports."
Main Term(s): Police reports
Index Term(s): California; Police report writing training; Report writing
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