Your Friday Quiz

These Friday quizzes offer you a quick brush-up on your report writing skills. Answers are posted below.

1. Correct the error in this excerpt from a police report:

Hansen said someone must have seen her put the key under a flower pot. Although, she didn’t see anyone on the sidewalk when she unlocked the door.

2.  Which information could be listed in a police report, rather than written in sentences?

a) Returning a wandering Alzheimer’s patient to his home

b) Reporting the items stolen during a break-in

c) Checking a driver’s license and car registration during a traffic stop

d)  All of the above

3.  Which word choices are better for a police report? Choose one word from each pair:

initiate/begin                                                 next/subsequent     

the abovementioned suspect/Johnson     now/currently

ANSWERS

1. Here’s the corrected version:

Hansen said someone must have seen her put the key under a flower pot although she didn’t see anyone on the sidewalk when she unlocked the door.

Don’t put a comma after although. Although is a word that begins an extra idea. Make sure you attach it to a real sentence.

You could also rewrite the sentence like this: 

Hansen said she didn’t see anyone on the sidewalk when she unlocked the door. But someone must have seen her put the key under a flower pot.

2.  Which information could be listed in a police report, rather than written in sentences?

a) Returning a wandering Alzheimer’s patient to his home

b) Reporting the items stolen during a break-in  CORRECT

c) Checking a driver’s license and car registration during a traffic stop

d)  All of the above

Click here to learn more about timesaving lists in police reports.

3.  Which word choices are better for a police report? Choose one word from each pair:

initiate/begin                                                 next/subsequent     

the abovementioned suspect/Johnson     now/currently

Police reports need to be readable and efficient. Choose plain words whenever you can.

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