skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 97138 Find in a Library
Title: Complete Guide to Police Writing
Author(s): K Jakob
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 177
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This manual provides advice on ways that police officers and law enforcement students can improve their writing skills.
Abstract: Reasons that spelling should be improved are explained, and a checklist presents 10 rules for improvement, including correct pronunciation, visualization of words, and use of memory devices. Spelling rules are noted, differences in British and American spelling are highlighted, and commonly misspelled words are listed. The importance of word choice is emphasized, words often misused are identified, and the use of a thesaurus is suggested. Further, the need for sentences to be grammatically correct is emphasized, and attention focuses on the roles of the subject and verb. Various sentence problems are addressed, including sentence fragments, shifts in person, lack of subject-verb agreement, and misplaced modifiers. Additionally, the role that punctuation plays in helping a reader recognize the proper phrasing of words is explained, and the proper use of commas, semicolons, colons, periods, dashes, hyphens, parentheses, brackets, quotation marks, and apostrophes is examined. Three principles of good writing -- conciseness, completeness, and correctness -- are delineated, and the need for writers to develop flexibility in tone is emphasized. The importance of the police report is considered, and five steps for writing a good report are discussed: (1) gathering the facts, (2) recording the facts, (3) organizing the facts, (4) writing the report, and (5) evaluating the report. Suggestions for recording information in the memorandum book are offered, and guidelines for writing news releases, business letters, and academic essays are provided.
Index Term(s): Mediators; Police report writing training; Police reports
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS.
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.