A Broad Perspective on Police Reports

Last week a regular visitor to this blog made a comment that’s worth reading.

Nanette J. Berg posted this:

I have seen a lot of poor law enforcement documentation recently, and it makes officers look incompetent in the eyes of the public quickly. I wish they would spend more time training on objective writing in officer training, as it prevents some cases from taking up court time….and saves dollars for taxpayers.

Well said! Police reports aren’t just about commas and pronouns. They’re about money, and your reputation, and the reputation of your agency.

Two reminders:

  1. Write efficiently. Short, crisp sentences save everyone’s time – and help you avoid mistakes.
  2. Always reread what you’ve written before you submit your report.

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