Michigan State University Police have released a detailed report on their sexual assault investigation. After interviews with more than 100 witnesses, Josh King, Donnie Corley, and Demetric Vance were charged with sexual assault. The heavily redacted report – 226 pages long – can be read at this link: http://detne.ws/2vpmemC.
The report is thorough, professional, and free of jargon – an excellent example of police writing. One feature, though, deserves comment: One of the police officers always uses “I,” while another officer consistently uses the old-fashioned (and time-wasting!) “this officer.” This inconsistency should be resolved so that all officers are writing their reports the same way.
I then followed up and sent her an email with my contact information and resources. ✓
This officer informed [redacted] about suspect Donnie Corley being moved to a new room. X
A reminder: There’s nothing wrong with the words I and me! In fact those are the very words that an officer would use to testify in court.