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NCJ Number: 192195 Find in a Library
Title: The New Police Report Manual, Second Edition
Author(s): Devallis Rutledge
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 173
Sponsoring Agency: Atomic Dog Publishing
Cincinnati, OH 45210
Publication Number: ISBN 0-928916-13-9
Sale Source: Atomic Dog Publishing
1203 Main Street, Fifth Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45210
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book seeks to help police officers write better reports.
Abstract: The objective of writing a report is to communicate information as clearly and as accurately as possible, and the writer should use the approach best calculated to do that. The book gives numerous examples of what it calls an artificial style of writing and suggests ways to say the same thing in a natural, more informative style. It also gives examples of words and phrases in "gobbledygook" (wordy jargon, inflated, involved, and obscure verbiage) and translates them into plain talk. The plain talk versions are not only clearer, but also much shorter in almost every case. The book suggests ways to make it easier for the writer to live with a report and tougher for the criminal to live with it: (1) know when and how to use quotations; (2) don't allow legal terminology or vague words to take the place of facts; (3) don't make unsupported assertions about someone else's abilities, perceptions, or state of mind; (4) when necessary, show the facts behind your state of mind; (5) don't write a "Whodunit"; and (6) recap. Figure, tables
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Communications; Effective communications training; In-service Training; Information dissemination; Jargon; Legal terminology; Police report writing training; Police reports; Report writing
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