Effective police reports are the result of several factors: good academy training, lots of practice, and a desire to keep learning.
Sometimes, though, it’s small changes that add up to success. Here are a few practical tips. Is there an idea in this list that you can start using?
- keep a small notebook and pen in your pocket
- know how to spell the names of towns and streets in your service area
- spend a few minutes every day listening to a conversation or a news snippet – and try to recite it accurately from memory
- keep your sentences short and simple
- use “told,” not “advised”
- start every sentence with the person doing the action (“I drove Parker to jail” rather than “Parker was transported to jail”)
- make a list of words that give you trouble
- find a writing partner so that you can work on your writing skills together
Don’t feel overwhelmed – you don’t have to do all of them at once! Pick one, and get started today. You’ll be surprised by the improvement in your reports!