Police jargon wastes time and can make you sound outdated and unprofessional. Here are some words and expressions to avoid. (See also Police Jargon to Avoid in Police Reports.)
1. In reference to
This is police jargon. Substitute “I read him his rights from my Miranda card.”
Substitute “law-enforcement officer” or “police officer.”
6. Prison guard
“Correctional officer” is the proper term for an officer in a jail or prison.
7. “I processed the area”
This vague sentence should be replaced with a specific description of what you did and what you found: “I recovered two cards of fingerprints on the door frame.”
Too vague for a report. Be specific: Was it a double-wide mobile home, a house, an apartment, or a condo?
This old-fashioned word is often an unnecessary waste of time.
10. Take cognizance of
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