Your Friday Quiz

These Friday quizzes are a quick way to refresh your writing skills. Answers are posted below.

1. After studing last year’s crime statistics for our service area, our agency decided to change some of our procedures.

2. I saw a heavy frying pan under a chair in the living room, then I used my cell phone to photograph it.

3. Read the statements below. Which one is the best advice for a police writer?

a) Long sentences make a better impression than short ones.

b) Short sentences are timesavers.

c)  Police jargon testifies to your professionalism.

ANSWERS

1. After studying last year’s crime statistics for our service area, our agency decided to change some of our procedures.

[Be careful with the spelling of words like clarifying and testifying. You can hear the “y” at the end.]  

2. I saw a heavy frying pan under a chair in the living room. Then I used my cell phone to photograph it.

[Don’t use then + a comma to join two sentences. Use a period or a semicolon. Or you can use a comma and a FANBOYS word: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so.]

3. Read the statements below. Which one is the best advice for a police writer?

a) Long sentences make a better impression than short ones.

b) Short sentences are timesavers.  CORRECT

c)  Police jargon testifies to your professionalism.

[Police officers are busy men and women. You need to write efficiently – not only to save time for yourself, but to help others outside of law enforcement who may reader your reports. Skip the jargon. Keep sentences crisp and short.]

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