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The SAGE Guide to Writing in Policing

The SAGE Guide to Writing in Policing
Report Writing Essentials

December 2019 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The SAGE Guide to Writing in Policing: Report Writing Essentials equips students with transferable writing skills that can be applied across the field of policing - both academically and professionally. Authors Steven Hougland and Jennifer M. Allen interweave professional and applied writing, academic writing, and information literacy, with the result being a stronger, more confident report writer. Students are also exposed to a number of best practices for various elements of report writing, such as the face page, incident reports, supplemental reports, investigative reports, and traffic reports, as well as search warrants and affidavits.

Chapter 1: The Basics of Writing
Basic Grammar Rules

Critical Thinking Skills, Academic Writing, and Professional Writing

Writing for the Criminal Justice Professions

Chapter 2: What Is Information Literacy?
Information Literacy

Digital Literacy, Computer Literacy, and Technology Literacy Skills

Chapter 3: Police Report Writing: The Face Page
Common Data Fields

Uses of Face Page Data

Tips for Writing the Incident Report

Writing the Narrative

Formatting the Incident Report


Chapter 4: Supplemental, Investigative, and Traffic Crash Reports
Incident Report

Evidence Report

Arrest Warrants

Arrest Report or Booking Report

Traffic Crash Reports

Chapter 5: Search Warrants, Affidavits, and Sworn Statements
What is a Search Warrant?

How to Obtain a Search Warrant

The Scope of a Warrant

Sworn Statements

Chapter 6: Other Documents: Memos, Letters, Emails, Cover Letters, and Resumes
Writing Business-Related Documents




Social Media

Cover Letters and Resumes

Chapter 7: Academic Paper Formats: What Is APA Formatting?
Research, Publication, and the APA Style Rules

Types of Publications

APA Formatting and Ethical and Legal Standards

Modern Language Association and the Chicago Manual of Style

Chapter 8: The Academic Research Paper
The Research Writing Process

Locating Sources

Evaluating Sources

How to Read a Scholarly Article

Writing a Literature Review

Writing the Essay

Working and Annotated Bibliographies

Key features
  • Effective writing strategies for report writing guide students through the legal requirements and best practices for creating and completing reports commonly found in the field of policing. 

  • Writing assignments and exercises provide students with opportunities to apply course material.

  • Examples of resumes and cover letters offer students real-world tips to help prepare them for the workforce. 

  • A discussion on plagiarism clearly defines the concept to students as well as offers advice on how plagiarism can be avoided. 

  • An entire chapter devoted to information literacy explains to students how to better identify, obtain, and evaluate information. 

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