Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals

Larry S. Miller, John T. Whitehead

September 21, 2017 by Routledge
Textbook - 420 Pages - 73 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138288935 - CAT# Y317465


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    • Covers reports in all sectors of the criminal justice system, from police logs to forensic and scientific documentation, with ample real-life models
    • Reinforces the basics of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word choice to support students’ and practitioners’ written communication skills for professional success
    • All-new ancillaries with much more extensive practice exercises to put writing skills to use


The criminal justice process is dependent on accurate documentation. Criminal justice professionals can spend 50–75 percent of their time writing administrative and research reports. The information provided in these reports is crucial to the functioning of our system of justice. Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals, Sixth Edition, provides practical guidance—with specific writing samples and guidelines—for providing strong reports. Most law enforcement, security, corrections, and probation and parole officers have not had adequate training in how to provide well-written, accurate, brief, and complete reports. Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals covers everything officers need to learn—from basic English grammar to the difficult but often-ignored problem of creating documentation that will hold up in court. This new edition includes updates to reference materials and citations, as well as further supporting examples and new procedures in digital and electronic report writing.

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