Just the Facts: Investigative Report Writing (5e) : 9780133591309

Just the Facts: Investigative Report Writing (5e)

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Edition
 
5
ISBN
 
9780133591309
ISBN 10
 
0133591301
Published
 
17/07/2015
Published by
 
Pearson Higher Ed USA
Pages
 
160
Format
 
Out of stock
 
Title type
Book
$105.99
 
 
 
Description

For all courses in law enforcement report writing in any criminal justice program

Just the Facts: Investigative Report Writing brings together all the simple rules and techniques students need to write effective investigative reports in law enforcement. Its user-friendly methodology works in any context, with any crime, regardless of the case’s complexity. Each chapter focuses on one major component of the report writing process, carefully building on what has already been learned. Coverage includes: investigation basics, note taking, narrative writing, describing persons and property, crime and arrest reports, writing interviews and search warrants, and more.

Table of contents
  • Preface
  • 1. Investigation Basics
  • 2. The Rules of Narrative Writing
  • 3. Note Taking
  • 4. Describing Persons and Property
  • 5. Crime Reports
  • 6. Arrest Reports
  • 7. Writing the Interview
  • 8. Writing Search Warrants
  • 9. Issues in Writing
  • Glossary
  • Index
New to this edition

Each chapter is devoted to a major component of the report writing process

  • Chapter 1, Investigation Basics, gives students context and perspective to motivate their learning. An expanded section on Administrative Investigations is now included.
  • Chapter 3, Note Taking, now includes a discussion about, and examples of, Field Interview Cards along with photos of Field Note Books showing how to organize them and what information to include.
  • Chapter 5, Crime Reports, has an expanded section on Modus Operandi and includes a guide to various Methods of Operation.
  • Chapter 6, Arrest Reports, has been revised and now includes an expanded discussion of the importance of Probable Cause and examples of how it can be documented.
  • Chapter 8, Writing Search Warrants, has been revised and includes updated examples of Affiant introductions and a completed Search Warrant as an example.
  • Chapter 9, Issues in Writing, has been updated and includes an expanded section on Field Show ups, Live Line Ups and Photo Identifications.  The chapter also discusses the importance of ethics in the report writing process.

Proven pedagogical techniques help students learn more rapidly and efficiently

  • New Student Learning Objectives in each chapter provide the instructor with a focused framework to teach with.
  • Updated exercise sets and end-of-chapter quizzes in workbook format help students quickly build and demonstrate proficiency with each key report writing skill.
    • Student writing exercises are now included in Chapter 1 so that students can begin writing sooner in the course.
    • End-of-chapter quizzes now feature 135 questions to test student knowledge and check for concept understanding.
Features & benefits
  • The flexible, proven, user-friendly methodology is easy to understand and use, and can be applied in investigating any type of crime, no matter how complex the case. The versatile approach helps students start reporting successfully even if they have little experience or comfort with writing.
  • Integrated coverage of the investigative and report writing processes reflects the realities of law enforcement work. The integrated presentation shows how both critical processes are linked in real life.
  • A wide variety of investigative contexts include crime reports, arrest reports, writing interviews, writing search warrants, and more. Far-reaching coverage prepares students to write effective reports in any investigative role or scenario.
  • Numerous examples of specific reports appear throughout the book to model effective report writing techniques. The reports enable students to learn from high-quality examples.

Each chapter is devoted to a major component of the report writing process

  • REVISED: Chapter 1, Investigation Basics, gives students context and perspective to motivate their learning. An expanded section on Administrative Investigations is now included.
  • An entire chapter on the rules of narrative writing provides the framework for writing good investigative narratives and how to overcome spelling problems. This chapter will give any investigator the skills to write effective reports.
  • UPDATED: Chapter 3, Note Taking, now includes a discussion about, and examples of, Field Interview Cards along with photos of Field Note Books showing how to organise them and what information to include.
  • EXPANDED: Chapter 5, Crime Reports, has an expanded section on Modus Operandi and includes a guide to various Methods of Operation.
  • REVISED: Chapter 6, Arrest Reports, has been revised and now includes an expanded discussion of the importance of Probable Cause and examples of how it can be documented.
  • A complete chapter on writing interviews prepares students to successfully perform and report upon interviews with suspects, witnesses, and other persons of interest. The chapter covers the interview process, including verbal and nonverbal cues, the need for preparation, how and when to conduct interviews, and Miranda admonishments.
  • UPDATED: Chapter 8, Writing Search Warrants, has been revised and includes updated examples of Affiant introductions and a completed Search Warrant as an example.
  • UPDATED: Chapter 9, Issues in Writing, has been updated and includes an expanded section on Field Show ups, Live Line Ups and Photo Identifications. The chapter also discusses the importance of ethics in the report writing process.

Proven pedagogical techniques help students learn more rapidly and efficiently

  • Chapter overviews, opening discussions, summaries, and reviews reinforce key concepts for deeper understanding.
  • NEW: Student Learning Objectives in each chapter provide the instructor with a focused framework to teach with.
  • UPDATED: Exercise sets and end-of-chapter quizzes in workbook format help students quickly build and demonstrate proficiency with each key report writing skill.
    • NEW: Student writing exercises are now included in chapter 1 so that students can begin writing sooner in the course.
    • EXPANDED: End-of-chapter quizzes now feature 135 questions to test student knowledge and check for concept understanding.
  • Report condensation exercises help students master the critical skill of condensation through hands-on practice.
  • Blank report forms give students convenient tools they can use in their own work. The report forms help students cover everything that needs to be covered, so they can avoid critical omissions.