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NCJ Number: 52280 Find in a Library
Title: REPORT WRITING BLUNDERS - THE CASE OF THE MISSING NAIL
Journal: FBI LAW ENFORCEMENT BULLTIN  Volume:47  Issue:11  Dated:(NOVEMBER 1978)  Pages:13-15
Author(s): J E MCHALE JR
Corporate Author: Federal Bureau of Investigation
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington, DC 20535-0001
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE OF GOOD WRITING SKILLS IN THE FIELD OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, WHERE AN IMPROPERLY WORDED INDICTMENT CAN RESULT IN AN ENTIRE CASE BEING THROWN OUT OF COURT, IS NOTED.
Abstract: FEW LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE HIRED FOR THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, AND ALMOST NONE OF THEM RECEIVE TRAINING IN IT DURING THEIR PERIOD ON THE POLICE FORCE. THE RESULT IS THAT REPORTS OFTEN CONTAIN NUMEROUS ERRORS. PART OF THE LANGUAGE PROBLEM IN REPORT WRITING IS BEING CORRECTED AS THE EDUCATIONAL LEVEL OF POLICE OFFICERS RISES, BUT EVEN A COLLEGE DEGREE OFFERS NO ASSURANCE THAT A PERSON CAN WRITE COHERENTLY. WHAT IS NEEDED IS MORE EMPHASIS IN TRAINING PROGRAMS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCURATE AND UNDERSTANDABLE REPORT WRITING. PAPER WORK IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF ANY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER'S DUTIES. EXAMPLES OF ERRORS IN REPORTS ARE CITED. (DEP)
Index Term(s): Police education; Police personnel; Police report writing training; Police training
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