An Excellent Police Report

I often hear from readers – especially officers new to law enforcement – who are desperate to improve their report writing skills. Sometimes it seems that they’re looking for a magical fix to their writing problems.

Alas, there’s no magic! If you want to become a better writer, you need to work at it – daily. In this blog I often share actual reports so that readers can sharpen their skills.

Today I’m happy to tell you about an excellent report from Captain Lance Schutjer of the St. Ansgar Police Department in Iowa. If you’re working on your writing skills, this report is worth reading. It’s thorough, objective, and written in normal English. There’s no police jargon.

The report comes from the Globe Gazette and concerns a September 2015 incident alleging a violent attack between five high schoolers and a fellow student. The report is posted at this link:

It’s a great learning opportunity! Be sure to read it.

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4 thoughts on “An Excellent Police Report

  1. jdancer

    Do what works for you – DAILY. A journal is an excellent idea. I would ask a native-English speaker to go over it with you at least once a week. Read English books and magazines, and watch English-language TV and movies.


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