Effective Report Writing

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Class Description

MPOETC Credits: 12.0

The impact and reach of any police report is often underestimated. Many officers think that reports begin and end at their departments. The opposite is true. It is amazing how many people and organizations are affected by a written report. The clear, concise, and correct police report goes a long way toward obtaining a positive ending.

The Effective Report Writing class was developed by a retired police detective with more than 20 years of investigative experience. He is currently a magisterial district judge, which brings an additionally valuable perspective on developing and delivering the proper written report.

The Penn State Justice and Safety Institute (JASI) is pleased to partner with our co-sponsor to offer this powerful two-day program designed to help law enforcement write reports that will help, not hinder, the criminal justice system. This highly interactive program places an emphasis on imparting the knowledge and skills needed to properly develop and/or review effective reports. All of our courses are instructed by current practitioners or recently retired executives. Key concepts and topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Key Concepts for Effective Report Writing
Key Concepts Topics
Strategies to make written reports simple
  • Easy to read
  • Understandable
Making reports fact-laden  
Develop professional standards
  • Create consistent review standards
Using standards and writing styles to increase consistency
  • Document and report
Report writing training tactics and strategies  
Address and review grammar basics
  • Essential grammar, spelling, and punctuation
  • Chronological, past-tense, and first-person emphasis

Cost: $345/person

Upcoming Classes

Co-sponsor: Lancaster County Sheriff's Office
When: June 13, 2019 – June 14, 2019
Where: 101 Champ Blvd, Manheim, PA
Co-sponsor: John H. Stamler Police Academy
When: September 9, 2019 – September 10, 2019
Where: 1776 Raritan Rd, Scotch Plains, NJ
Co-sponsor: Whitehall Borough Police Department
When: September 9, 2019 – September 10, 2019
Where: 4480 Clairton Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA
Co-sponsor: Sayreville Police Department
When: January 27, 2020 – January 28, 2020
Where: 1000 Main Street, Sayreville, NJ
Co-sponsor: Morris County Public Safety Training Academy
When: March 2, 2020 – March 3, 2020
Where: 500 W Hanover Ave, Morris Plains, NJ