About the Company

Innovative Systems - Publishers produces report writing textbooks and other professional development resources for law enforcement, fire services, public safety, private security, and corrections. The company was founded in 1984 in California for the express purpose of keeping in print the textbook, For the Record: Report Writing in Law Enforcement, originally published in 1978 by John Wiley. In 1999 the company changed ownership, bringing it back to Minnesota, the home of the primary authors.

Our mission from the beginning has been to help public safety professionals write well, and that remains a priority for us. Our college-level report writing texts are tailored to individuals in criminal justice, law enforcement, the fire service, public safety, corrections, and private security. They are used in colleges and universities, police academies and departments, and correctional facilities throughout the country. They are also purchased by individuals seeking to improve their writing skills, often in preparation for job searches, academy placements, and promotional exams. Our publications have received national acclaim for over 30 years and are priced competitively.

More recently, our mission has expanded, to bring a wider variety of professional development resources to public safety professionals. We look forward to developing new content to meet the needs of and challenges facing current and future police, fire, correctional, and private security officers.

Our Authors

Kären M. Hess, PhD (1939-2010)

Dr. Kären M. Hess was a nationally recognized author and educator in law enforcement communication. Her education career spanned more than four decades, and her prolific writing career lasted over 30 years, during which time she authored or co-authored more than 20 college texts and numerous writing guides and handbooks. She held doctorates in English and Criminal Justice and had lectured extensively in writing, editing, and communications.

In 2006, Dr. Hess was honored by the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development at the school’s 100-year anniversary as one of 100 alumni who have made a significant contribution to education and human development. Without her tireless dedication to authorship and the education of criminal justice students, FOR THE RECORD: Report Writing in Law Enforcement—and the many other works she developed—would not have the 40-year track record of success that it does.

Christine H. Orthmann, MS

Ms. Orthmann has been writing and researching in various aspects of criminal justice for more than 20 years and has co-authored eight college-level textbooks in the criminal justice discipline. She holds an MS in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati and is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the American Society of Criminology (ASC), the Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA), and the National Criminal Justice Honor Society (Alpha Phi Sigma). She is also a former reserve officer with the Rosemount (Minnesota) Police Department.

Dennis L. Conroy, PhD

Dr. Dennis L. Conroy, Licensed Psychologist, retired after more than 30 years of service with the Saint Paul (Minnesota) Police Department, having worked such diverse assignments as patrol officer, patrol sergeant, vice/narcotics investigator, juvenile officer, Director of the Professional Development Institute, Director of the Field Training Program, Communications Center Supervisor, and Director of the Employee Assistance Program.

During his clinical career, which also spanned more than 30 years, he worked with children, adolescents, and adults as individuals, couples, families, and in group settings. Specific areas of interest and expertise included stress management, trauma response, hypnosis, and counseling law enforcement officers. 

Laz Lahera, BA

Laz Lahera served two years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict and was promoted to Sergeant before earning an honorable discharge in 1971. During his 30-year fire service career with the Long Beach (California) Fire Department, he worked as a firefighter, paramedic, fire prevention inspector, and arson investigator before promoting to Captain. He has taught EMS, fire technology, and other fire related classes at the community college level and currently  teaches in the fire technology program at San Diego Miramar College in California. He is also a State Fire Marshal certified fire officer and instructor.

Floyd T. Stokes, BS

Floyd Stokes, Chief of Police, Blue Lake (California), has had an extensive career in military and civilian law enforcement, including: U.S. Naval Intelligence, Naval Investigative Service, District Attorney Criminal Investigator, Police Chief, Resident Deputy Sheriff, and K-9 handler. He holds AA and BS degrees and teaches effective writing workshops at the College of the Redwoods.

Henry M. Wrobleski, LLB, (1922-2007)

Henry (Hank) Wrobleski was coordinator of the law enforcement program at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota. He was a respected author, lecturer, and consultant with over 40 years of experience in law enforcement. He held an LLB degree and was a graduate of the FBI Academy.

David Sanderlin, PhD

Dr. David Sanderlin, former professor of English and chair of the English Department at Miramar College in San Diego, earned his BA degree from UCLA and his MA and PhD degrees from the University of Notre Dame. He has published commercial and scholarly articles, pamphlets, and books in the area of college writing. He has also worked with the Police and Sheriff Academies at Miramar College in the report writing component of their programs. Although retired from teaching, Dr. Sanderlin continues writing and submitting manuscripts.



Publishers of
Report Writing Texts for:

  • Law Enforcement/ Police
  • Fire Service


  • Public Safety
  • Corrections


  • Private Security
  • Tutorials
  • Training Materials


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