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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.

For 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.

“Your 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 Magazine, 48.


High Praise from College Professors, Trainers, and Supervisors:


“Thanks 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.)

“For 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.)


“After working through For the Record, our officers write reports that are so improved that my daily work life is much easier.” (W.W.)


“Teaching 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.” (A.F.)


High Praise from Individual Users:

“The information presented is practical and useful.” (J.A.)


“This has been very useful for my job and has cleared up many questions I have had as I write my reports.” (G.L.)


“I enjoyed the humor, like the examples of misspelled words spellcheckers would miss, e.g., mister meaner (misdemeanor), drug attic and cereal killer.” (C.W.)


“I liked learning at my own pace and in my own timeframe.” (T.S.)


“It now takes me half the time to write my reports, thanks to For the Record.” (L.J.)

Used by colleges and academies throughout the United States.



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



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 Enforcement Career:

A Guide for Cops and Those Who Love Them

Dr. Dennis L. Conroy & Christine Hess Orthmann

© 2014, 219 pages, paperback, $23.95

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 Book:


Surviving 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.

Author of Emotional 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 insightful book.”

— Randy Means

35-year 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

Nassau 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.

Police Psychologist 


"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.”

— Janeé Harteau

Minneapolis (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 families.”

— James M. Horn

FBI Agent, 1970-1996

Program Manager of the FBI's Critical Incident Program 1987-1994



“Dr. Conroy’s perspective is clearly from the heart of an experienced cop with hands-on wisdom.”

— Shirley Gibson

Past National President, Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.


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.

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