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Canceled: Effective Report Writing

Co-sponsor: John H. Stamler Police Academy

When: March 18, 2020 – March 19, 2020, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where: John H. Stamler Police Academy, 1776 Raritan Rd, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Cost: $345.00
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This event has been canceled. JASI course coordinators will be in touch with rescheduled course dates when they are available.

Course 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

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Course: Canceled: Effective Report Writing (Course Description)
When: March 18, 2020 – March 19, 2020, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where: John H. Stamler Police Academy, 1776 Raritan Rd, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Registration is closed. Please join the waiting list.