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Criminal Justice 10: Bullet Style

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Bullet style is an easy and efficient way to record information in a report

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Criminal Justice 10: Bullet Style

  1. 1. CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORT WRITING THE HOW AND WHY Part 10 Using Bullet Style to Write a Police Report
  2. 2. CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORT WRITING THE HOW AND WHY Part 10 Using Bullet Style to Write a Police Report
  3. 3. Bullet style is an easy and efficient way to record information in a report.
  4. 4. Here’s what bullet style looks like: I went to the bedroom and saw: •a pile of women’s underwear on the floor •an overturned dresser drawer on the bed •necklaces, earrings, and a watch on the dresser top •an empty jewelry box on the dresser top
  5. 5. By contrast, here’s what a conventional paragraph looks like: I went to the bedroom and saw a pile of women’s underwear on the floor. There was an overturned dresser drawer on the bed. I saw necklaces, earrings, and a watch on the dresser top. I also saw an empty jewelry box there.
  6. 6. Information in bullet style doesn’t require:  complete sentences  complex grammar  capitalization  punctuation
  7. 7. Bullet style lists often begin with headings like the ones below:  I saw the following items on the workshop floor:  Jesse said these valuables were missing:  Five people were working that morning:  I performed the following actions:  Jackson failed two sobriety tests:
  8. 8. Bullet style offers many advantages when you’re writing your reports:  speed  efficiency  grammatical simplicity  more effective organization of facts and ideas
  9. 9. To Learn More: Criminal Justice Report Writing is available in softcover ($17.95) from www.Amazon.com and in a variety of ebook and Apple formats (Kindle, Nook, SONY etc.) for $11.99 from www.Smashwords.com. Read a free sample online!
  10. 10. Find FREE report writing resources online at www.YourPoliceWrite.com

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