The best report writing text in the business keeps getting better!
FOR THE RECORD:
Report Writing in Law Enforcement 6e Revised
Kären M. Hess & Christine H. Orthmann
2019, 276 pages
Writing an effective report is the most fundamental job skill a law enforcement officer can possess. The written word reflects directly upon your professional ability and competence. In law enforcement training it's time to get back to basics.
FOR THE RECORD does just that!
FOR THE RECORD: Report Writing in Law Enforcement is a self-study text and workbook designed for basic, remedial, and advanced training in writing professional crime and investigative reports. It can be used as a classroom text or as a self-teaching guide.
the Record: Report Writing in Law Enforcement – the longest enduring report writing book in
the field, this guide has been proven effective in teaching police officers how
to write more professional reports.
For more than 40 years, For the Record has provided guidelines
for writing at all levels of law
enforcement. Now in its Sixth Edition, the updated and improved text teaches strategies
for producing professional reports that reflect positively on the writer,
provides ample practice exercises to hone writing skills, and presents self-tests
for step-by-step assessment along the way.
For the Record presents:
- Basic steps in report writing
- Structuring the narrative
- Principles of clear, concise writing
- Avoiding conclusionary language
- Highlights of grammar, spelling, and punctuation
- Abbreviations, numbers, and capitalization
- Evaluation checklist for reports
At only $31.95, FOR THE RECORD: Report Writing in Law Enforcement is about the best bargain around. This book will improve narrative writing skills at any level - from academy student to seasoned officer or investigator!
For the Record is designed to be equally effective for individual study
by working law enforcement officers or for course work by police science
students. Although the manual focuses on investigative reports, the principles
of effective writing apply to any written work.
Although the following statements
refer to law enforcement reports, they apply equally to the importance of
public safety, fire services, corrections, and private security reports:
“Good or bad, the language, style
and tone of our investigative reports tells the reader about the writer. The
trial lawyer’s adage of ‘If you can’t try the facts of the case, try the
officer who reported the facts’ has played out far too many times in far too
many courtrooms. Juries and even District Attorneys equate sloppy police
writing with sloppy thinking and careless investigative methods.” Sievert, G.
(2004). The essence of quality: Writing successful reports. The Law Enforcement Trainer, 35.
“Officers sometimes neglect their
report writing, but it has very serious consequences if left unattended. What
officers write in their report stays with them forever. The words on the paper
cannot be changed, and an omission of critical details cannot later be added to
a report without calling the report’s veracity into doubt.” Scarry, L.L.
(February 2007). Report writing. Law
Officer Magazine, 68.
investigative report may be the one pivotal piece of documentation that makes a
difference in the prosecution of a murderer or a serial rapist. You certainly
don’t want it to be the weakest link in the investigation and provide a gap for
an offender to get away with their crime.” Swobodzinski, K. (February 2007).
The crime scene report. Law Officer
High Praise from College Professors, Trainers, and
to your text [Report Writing in Law Enforcement], my officers are now
producing reports that are much clearer due to organization, content and proper
use of the English Language.” (S.L.)
the Record has been instrumental in my officers’ ability to
present quality reports to our Legal Division. As a result, the Legal
Division now has a document that can be defended in a court of law.” (K.S.)
working through For the Record, our officers write reports that are
so improved that my daily work life is much easier.” (W.W.)
from For the Record has allowed me, a not-so-good writer
myself, to present an effective course in report writing and get good results.”
High Praise from Individual Users:
“The information presented is
practical and useful.” (J.A.)
has been very useful for my job and has cleared up many questions I have had as
I write my reports.” (G.L.)
enjoyed the humor, like the examples of misspelled words spellcheckers would
miss, e.g., mister meaner (misdemeanor), drug attic and cereal killer.” (C.W.)
liked learning at my own pace and in my own timeframe.” (T.S.)
now takes me half the time to write my reports, thanks to For the Record.”
Used by colleges and academies throughout the United States.
SPELLING FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT
David Sanderlin, PhD
© 2014, 76 pages
SPELLING FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT is the only training and reference book specifically designed for law enforcement spelling problems. It is an ideal companion to FOR THE RECORD.
SPELLING FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT is a self-paced workbook that allows law enforcement writing instructors to reinforce the fundamentals without devoting a wasteful measure of instruction time on basic skills.
Soft cover - $15.95
FOR THE RECORD: REPORT WRITING FOR FIRE SERVICES
Kären M. Hess & Henry M. Wrobleski
© 2002, 198 pages
FOR THE RECORD: REPORT WRITING FOR FIRE SERVICES is a comprehensive text and workbook designed for basic, remedial and advanced training in writing professional incident and fire investigation reports. With adaptations by Floyd T. Stokes, an experienced arson investigator and Stan Ehler, a working fire marshal.
Soft cover - $29.95
Quantity discounts are available for college bookstores, training academies, and agencies.
Surviving a Law
A Guide for
Cops and Those Who Love Them
Dr. Dennis L. Conroy &
Christine Hess Orthmann
© 2014, 219 pages,
In this first-of-its-kind guide, Dr. Dennis L. Conroy expertly weaves
together the experiences he gathered during his 30+ years as a cop with the
insight gleaned from his three decades as a police psychologist to create a
real-deal resource for anyone considering or already living in the police world,
including those who care about their cop. The breadth and depth of content
coverage in Surviving a Law Enforcement Career is unrivaled and carries the
reader through the life cycle of a cop, from the cradle of initiation to the
retirement blues. Throughout the book Dr. Conroy offers guidance on how to
maintain your own shield of integrity and commitment while doing the job—a job
that all too often piles cynicism, depression, addiction, and other
life-threatening circumstances on top of a career already fraught with hazards.
Surviving a Law Enforcement Career is your guide to surviving: The
Decision to Enter Law Enforcement, Initiation, the System, Marriage, Divorce, Life
in a Police Family, Day-to-Day Stress, the Inevitable Trauma, Burnout, Mental
Illness, Addiction, Legal Battles, and Retirement.
What the Experts are Saying about This
a Law Enforcement Career is a book that should be issued at the Police
Academy for new recruits and their spouses/significant others. Dr. Dennis
Conroy has taken a lifetime of applied police work and combined it with his
encore post law-enforcement career as a police psychologist to provide the law
enforcement community with a contribution that will help save careers,
marriages, and lives. Every cop family should pick up a copy.”
— Kevin M. Gilmartin, Ph.D.
Survival for Law Enforcement
“Dennis Conroy is the best
qualified person in America to write on this topic. What other person has lived
this profession personally for over 40 years, 25 of them working also as a
clinical psychologist serving police officers and their families, all after
first serving his country in ground combat as a Marine? Every police officer
and anyone aspiring to be one absolutely should read this extraordinarily
— Randy Means
national advisor and trainer to American law enforcement
“In a book that spans
the life of a police career, from academy to retirement, Dr. Dennis Conroy has
shared his professional knowledge as a law enforcement officer and as a
psychologist. Dr. Conroy has over 40 years of commitment, dedication, and
caring for the law enforcement community and their families. This book took me
right back through my career. It is a ‘must read’ book for anyone who is
considering a career in law enforcement and their families.”
— Robert F. Bauer, LCSW
County (New York) Police Officer, Retired
“This book is essential for new and experienced officers
alike. Denny has ‘been there’ and describes the reality of the job from a
cop’s perspective. He articulates the different sources of police stress
in a straightforward way and gives concrete, specific, and very helpful
suggestions for coping and emotional survival. Denny’s vast experience and
wisdom provides for an informative book; it is well written, articulate, and a
very interesting read.”
— Roger Solomon, Ph.D.
"Dr. Conroy provides valuable insight into the emotional stress and
trauma that police officers experience often unknowingly throughout their
career. He delves into their responses and the human impact it can have on
officers, both personally and professionally.”
(Minnesota) Police Chief
“Dr. Conroy has captured the meanings of a police career from stay to
finish. This book is a must read for all considering a police career and their
Manager of the FBI's Critical Incident Program 1987-1994
perspective is clearly from the heart of an experienced cop with hands-on
— Shirley Gibson
Past National President, Concerns of Police
| The OUTLINE GUIDE Series
Floyd T. Stokes, Kären M. Hess, & Henry M. Wrobleski
OUTLINE GUIDE is ready to assist you in your daily interviewing, investigating and report writing activity.
Compact and easily carried on your person or in a citation holder, OUTLINE GUIDE is full of useful information, including:
- Successful Interviewing Methods
- Note Taking Tips
- Clear Writing Techniques
- Highlights on Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation
- Tips for Writing More Effectively
- Structuring the Narrative
- The Building Blocks of Probable Cause
- Guide for Investigating and Reporting Specific Offenses
Each Outline Guide measures
4 1/4" x 8 1/2"
OUTLINE GUIDE is a valuable tool for both students and experienced officers.
OUTLINE GUIDE for
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Covers several simple procedures to make interviews more productive, techniques to write an effective report and a guide for investigating and reporting specific incidents.
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