Contact Jean Reynolds

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Instructors and trainers: You can receive a free instructor’s manual for Criminal Justice Report Writing that includes tests and an answer key by sending an email request to jreynoldswrite at aol.com.from your official account.

Available from www.Amazon.com

   Available from www.Amazon.com

The Essential Guide for Recruits and Experienced Officers

  • Planning, organizing, and writing professional reports
  • Pre-Test and Post-Test with answer keys
  • Bullet style
  • Sentence skills
  • Usage and grammar
  • Sample police and corrections reports
  • Extensive practice exercises and answers
  • 219-page softcover, $17.95 from www.Amazon.com
  • E-book, Kindle and Apple versions, $11.99 from www.Smashwords.com

Praise for Criminal Justice Report Writing:

I wish I’d had this in my hands prior to my first report….With your book I would have had a valuable resource.

William Fienga, Correctional Probation Senior Officer, Florida Department of Corrections

I would have loved to have had a book like yours when I was active.

      Karl B. King, Lieutenant, Florida Highway Patrol, retired

18 thoughts on “Contact Jean Reynolds

  1. Jose

    I am a hispanic police officer. Although i’ve been around english all my life, i was never critiqued or comment on my abilities. I started as an officer in july this year. I feel i am a very rounded officer BUT lack the optimum skill to write reports in a police slang without thinking in spanish or switching order of words as in spanish. Would you suggest a book or training focused on re-learning to write for hispanics?

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    1. Jean Post author

      Hi, Jose! You write very well. I didn’t notice any awkward wording or unnatural expressions in your posting. “Optimum skill” is an especially effective phrase. Do be careful with capital letters (Hispanic, I’ve, English, Spanish). I’d suggest working through the exercises on this website. The answers are posted, and you can compare your wording with what’s suggested here. My own book, Criminal Justice Report Writing for Officers, is available through Amazon and offers a thorough review of both police writing and the rules for writing in English. You might find it really helpful. Thanks for the post!

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  2. Jennifer

    I am writing a mock police report for a report writing class and I am unsure of a few things. If anyone can help me, that would be great. It’s on a domestic violence case and we interviewed both suspect and victim – does the victim statment go first?

    also, on the police report, do we use the penal code we are charging the suspect with or just put that one the face sheet?

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    1. Jean Post author

      Different agencies have varying practices. I’m hoping some visitors to this website will be able to answer your question about the penal code. Officers I’ve talked with say they just put it on the face sheet, but probably not every agency does it that way.
      I would put the victim’s interview first. Again, practices may vary.
      Be sure to look at the sample reports on this website. The situation you’re describing is probably a Type 2 report (or a Type 3 if more violence happens after the officer arrives).

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  3. Carl Artz

    Do you have any helpful advice or a book to direct me to in regards to writing a narrative from a statement. Often we do interviews and then generate a report from interview. Most people have scattered thoughts and your report can be quite different from the interview. Should it be that way, would any style be better. Sould the start of the narrative be prefaced with “There were random thoughts and I put them in order”..more or less bullet style. Thank you

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    1. Jean Post author

      Agencies and supervisors often have different viewpoints about organizing information in a report. In general, reports aren’t expected to serve as video recordings. Officers are supposed to document information useful to the investigation. When you’re interviewing someone with scattered thoughts, listing relevant information in bullet style is useful. Supervisors I’ve talked with don’t want commentary from the officer, so “There were random thoughts” isn’t a good idea. My book Criminal Justice Report Writing (available from Amazon.com) has a section on interviews that you might find useful.

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  4. Shy Smith

    What is the difference between your two books, The Criminal Justice Report Writing Guide for Officers and Criminal Justice Report Writing?

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    1. Jean Post author

      They’re identical, Shy. I found out that colleges were having a problem ordering The Criminal Justice Report Writing Guide for Officers because of a technicality, so I republished it under a different title with the ordering problem corrected.

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  5. Jean Post author

    Hi, Ricky! There are many things you can do. I assume you’ve purchased my book and are working through it. You can also do the sample reports on this website and compare your version with mine. Pay attention to details. (You used “their” instead of “there” in this post.) Ask a friend to read over everything you write. Also go to http://www.WritewithJean.com and study the content there.

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  6. James

    Email is not working. Please update? I am trying to email you regarding the free instructor manual but the email keeps coming back as invalid. Could you possibly email me or respond back with your email address? Thank you in advance.

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    1. Jean Post author

      You should have received your Instructor’s Manual by now, James! Thanks for your request. Please let me know if you’re still having problems.

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  7. Lt. Richard Staaf, Mt. Lebanon Police Department (PA)

    One of my fellow officers recently attended a training by Bruce Sokolove. He recommended this site for officers who struggle with report writing. I’ve looked through your information, and it seems really helpful. I’m sure that we’ll be using your site often.

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    1. Jean Post author

      Bruce has been a tremendous resource for me! I’m so pleased that you’re finding these resources useful. Thanks for the feedback!
      Jean

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  8. aldwin

    Ma’am Jean I’am a Police Officer in the Philippines. How can I buy the book of Criminal Justice Report Writing?

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  9. Mary T Nagel

    Hi Jean,
    We are actually working on how to write reports in CJ 202 @ Southern New Hampshire University. I love this field and I wish I would of decided it back in my younger years.

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    1. Jean Post author

      Hi, Mary!
      I’m so pleased that you’re enjoying the criminal justice field. I hope you’ll find many useful tips at this website.

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