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CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORT
WRITING
THE HOW AND WHY
Part 10
Using Bullet Style to Write
a Police Report
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORT
WRITING
THE HOW AND WHY
Part 10
Using Bullet Style to Write
a Police Report
Bullet style is an easy and efficient way to
record information in a report.
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
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.
Information in bullet style doesn’t require:
 complete sentences
 complex grammar
 capitalization
 punctuation
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:
Bullet style offers many advantages when
you’re writing your reports:
 speed
 efficiency
 grammatical simplicity
 more effective organization of facts and
ideas
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!
Find FREE report writing
resources online at
www.YourPoliceWrite.com

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Criminal Justice 10: Bullet Style

  • 1. CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORT WRITING THE HOW AND WHY Part 10 Using Bullet Style to Write a Police Report
  • 2. CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORT WRITING THE HOW AND WHY Part 10 Using Bullet Style to Write a Police Report
  • 3. Bullet style is an easy and efficient way to record information in a report.
  • 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. 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. Information in bullet style doesn’t require:  complete sentences  complex grammar  capitalization  punctuation
  • 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. Bullet style offers many advantages when you’re writing your reports:  speed  efficiency  grammatical simplicity  more effective organization of facts and ideas
  • 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. Find FREE report writing resources online at www.YourPoliceWrite.com