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MEMORANDUM – it means “a note to help 
the memory”; an inter-office 
communications dealing with official matters 
which i...
2. From a writer writing a 
memorandum to somebody of equal 
rank, the tone is casually personal, 
i.e. “The undersigned n...
MEMORANDUM FOR: - is written 
above the addressee if sent to a 
superior officer. 
MEMORANDUM TO: - is used if sent 
to su...
Parts of a Memorandum 
1. Heading – all materials above the 
first line of the body comprise the 
heading. These are the o...
A. Letterhead – printed letterhead 
stationery is normally used for the 
first page. If not available, a typed 
letterhead...
B. File Reference – it is otherwise 
called the office symbol. It is usually 
placed 2 spaces below the 
letterhead. Each ...
C. Identifying Initials – refers to the initials 
of the originator and typist of the letter. 
Ex: MLVFJR/ogs/600-3752 
D....
unless the correspondence pertains to an 
individual, the name of the individual is not 
used in the address of a memorand...
when the same letter is intended for 
several addressees, the entire address 
of each is placed on a single line if 
possi...
Examples: 
1. Addressed to the attention of an individual. 
MEMORANDUM 
TO: Chief of Police, SRPS 
(Attn: SPO4 Juan S Cruz...
3. Addressed to the attention of the head of 
a unit or command by the use of an office 
symbol. 
MEMORANDUM 
TO: Chief of...
G. Subject – the subject line should contain not more 
than 10 words. It starts 2 spaces below the sender 
and 2 spaces to...
2. Body – it is the message itself. This part 
is typed single-spaced, except when it is 
less than nine lines, and no rep...
When there are two or more paragraphs, 
they are numbered consecutively. 
The first line of a paragraph is indented 
five ...
2. Abbreviations – a memorandum 
allows abbreviations which are generally 
allowed in the police service. They are 
usuall...
3. References – references to 
publications must be specific and fully 
implemented. References are not be 
made to a publ...
4. Page Numbering – the first page 
should not be numbered. Subsequent 
pages, including those on which 
endorsements are ...
5. Dividing a Paragraph – three or fewer 
lines should not be divided between pages. 
at least two lines of a divided para...
҉ when the space below the text is not 
sufficient for the close, at least two lines 
of the last paragraph may be placed ...
3. Complimentary Ending – this refers to the 
materials found below the last paragraph 
of the body. It consists of the au...
The authority line begins on the 
second line below the last 
paragraph directly under the first 
word of the preceding ma...
Examples: 
1. If signing for a chief or head of an 
office and addressed to members under 
him, 
BY AUTHORITY OF POLICE SU...
2. If not addressed to a member under him, 
FOR THE CHIEF OF POLICE: 
EFRENILO FAJARDO RESTUA 
Police Inspector 
Deputy Ch...
B. Signature – it contains the name of the 
officer, usually his first name, middle initial 
and last name, signed in blac...
C. Enclosures - are supplementary 
documents which are sent with the 
communication to provide additional 
information. 
w...
D. Copy Furnished to other Offices – a 
notation concerning copy furnished 
should be typed immediately under, and 
separa...
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  1. 1. MEMORANDUM – it means “a note to help the memory”; an inter-office communications dealing with official matters which is commonly used in police service. TONES OF THE MEMORANDUM – There is no strict rule governing the tone of a memorandum. However, the tone usually differs in accordance with the person/s reading it. 1. From a chief of office to his subordinates, the tone is impersonal, i.e. “For guidance and strict compliance.”
  2. 2. 2. From a writer writing a memorandum to somebody of equal rank, the tone is casually personal, i.e. “The undersigned noticed changes in…” 3. A subordinate police officer writing a memorandum to a higher police officer uses a more formal tone, i.e., “For information and request acknowledgment.”
  3. 3. MEMORANDUM FOR: - is written above the addressee if sent to a superior officer. MEMORANDUM TO: - is used if sent to subordinate officers by the chief or head. POSITION AND PLACEMENT – it is typed on legal or custom-size bond paper. 8.5x13”(long) Only one side of the sheet is used.
  4. 4. Parts of a Memorandum 1. Heading – all materials above the first line of the body comprise the heading. These are the office origin, address, file reference, identifying initials, date, subject, channels through which the letter will pass, and addressee to whom the letter is being written.
  5. 5. A. Letterhead – printed letterhead stationery is normally used for the first page. If not available, a typed letterhead may be substituted. Ex: Republic of the Philippines National Police Commission PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE SANTA ROSA POLICE STATION Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija
  6. 6. B. File Reference – it is otherwise called the office symbol. It is usually placed 2 spaces below the letterhead. Each part of the reference is also used as identifying information on the second and subsequent pages. Ex: SRPS-IN
  7. 7. C. Identifying Initials – refers to the initials of the originator and typist of the letter. Ex: MLVFJR/ogs/600-3752 D. Addressee – the person to whom the memorandum is written. It is addressed to the chief or head of an agency by his title. The letter is not addressed to the police office. The title is not abbreviated. Ex: MEMORANDUM FOR: Provincial Director, NEPPO
  8. 8. unless the correspondence pertains to an individual, the name of the individual is not used in the address of a memorandum form. When it is necessary, however, to address correspondence to an individual by name, his grade, first name, middle name, and last name are indicated in that order. His badge number and branch of service may be shown, if it is known and considered necessary for identification. Example: MEMORANDUM FOR: SPO4 Juan Santos Cruz 031740 PNP
  9. 9. when the same letter is intended for several addressees, the entire address of each is placed on a single line if possible. Example: MEMORANDUM TO: Chief, PPHRDB/PIIB/POPB/PCRB/PFLB E. Attention Line – for faster routing, correspondence may be addressed to the individual or the head of a subdivision or by the use of an office symbol.
  10. 10. Examples: 1. Addressed to the attention of an individual. MEMORANDUM TO: Chief of Police, SRPS (Attn: SPO4 Juan S Cruz PNP) 2. Addressed to the attention of the head of office. MEMORANDUM TO: Chief of Police, SRPS (Attn: Chief, Opns & Plans Sec)
  11. 11. 3. Addressed to the attention of the head of a unit or command by the use of an office symbol. MEMORANDUM TO: Chief of Police, SRPS (Attn: OPS) F. Sender or Originator – preceded by the word “FROM” is written in block style, with open punctuation and normally placed below the addressee. Example: FROM: Chief of Police, SRPS
  12. 12. G. Subject – the subject line should contain not more than 10 words. It starts 2 spaces below the sender and 2 spaces to the right of the colon. When the subject extends to two lines, the second line is blocked under the first letter of the first word of the subject. Example: SUBJECT: SPECIAL REPORT RE HOMICIDE WITH RAPE TRANSPIRED AT BRGY RIZAL THIS CITY H. Date – this refer to the date of signature or the present date. Example: DATE: July 3, 2004 3 July 2004
  13. 13. 2. Body – it is the message itself. This part is typed single-spaced, except when it is less than nine lines, and no reply is expected, in which case it may be double-spaced. Double-spacing is always used between paragraphs. 1. Paragraphing – when a letter consists of only one paragraph, the paragraph is not numbered, although its sub-paragraphs will be lettered, if there are two or more.
  14. 14. When there are two or more paragraphs, they are numbered consecutively. The first line of a paragraph is indented five bar spaces. The succeeding lines begin on the left margin. There must be at least two sub-paragraphs. For example, if there is (1), there is (2) The first line is indented so that the designating letters appear directly under the first letter of the first word in the main paragraph. The second and succeeding lines of these sub-paragraphs begin on the left margin.
  15. 15. 2. Abbreviations – a memorandum allows abbreviations which are generally allowed in the police service. They are usually written without spacing or periods, except geographical locations.  If the full name is used, the abbreviated rank is permissible Ex: PCHF SUPT PAUL HECTOR G NATALIO If family name only, the rank is spelled out Ex: POLICE CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT CRUZ
  16. 16. 3. References – references to publications must be specific and fully implemented. References are not be made to a publication or document which is not available to the addressees of the correspondence. Example: Reference: Special Report this station dated December 15, 2003 re Homicide with Rape transpired at Brgy Bonifacio, Cabanatuan City.
  17. 17. 4. Page Numbering – the first page should not be numbered. Subsequent pages, including those on which endorsements are prepared are numbered consecutively, beginning with the second page as 2. the page number is centered 1 inch from the bottom of the page. The number should stand by itself and should not be set off by dashes, parentheses, or some other punctuation.
  18. 18. 5. Dividing a Paragraph – three or fewer lines should not be divided between pages. at least two lines of a divided paragraph should appear on each page. in dividing a sentence between pages, at least two words should appear on each page. a word should not be divided between two pages. the complimentary ending should not appear alone on a page without part of a body or text.
  19. 19. ҉ when the space below the text is not sufficient for the close, at least two lines of the last paragraph may be placed on the last page together with the complimentary ending. ҉ on the second and succeeding pages, the file reference and subject should be typed, beginning on the left margin, 1.25 inches from the top edge of the page. The text is continued on the second line below the identification line.
  20. 20. 3. Complimentary Ending – this refers to the materials found below the last paragraph of the body. It consists of the authority line if used, signature, list of enclosures and list of copies being furnished. A. Authority Line – it should be shown when the correspondence is signed for the chief or head of an agency or office by an individual authorized to do so. This reflects the fact that the communication is an expression of the will of the chief himself.
  21. 21. The authority line begins on the second line below the last paragraph directly under the first word of the preceding main paragraph. It is typed in capital letters, without abbreviations. A staff officer may sign under the authority line only when authorized to do so.
  22. 22. Examples: 1. If signing for a chief or head of an office and addressed to members under him, BY AUTHORITY OF POLICE SUPERINTENDENT DAAN: EFRENILO FAJARDO RESTUA Police Inspector Deputy Chief of Police
  23. 23. 2. If not addressed to a member under him, FOR THE CHIEF OF POLICE: EFRENILO FAJARDO RESTUA Police Inspector Deputy Chief of Police
  24. 24. B. Signature – it contains the name of the officer, usually his first name, middle initial and last name, signed in black or blue-black ink, never blue or any other color; the name being typed, stamped or printed, all in capital letters, identical with the written name, the officer’s rank or service and title designation.  if the concerned chief or head of office personally signed the memorandum, his title or designation may not be included anymore.
  25. 25. C. Enclosures - are supplementary documents which are sent with the communication to provide additional information. when the letter has one or more enclosures, this fact is entered on the left side of the page in the following manner: Example: Enclosures: 1- Crime Scene Sketch 2- Pictures of Crime Scene
  26. 26. D. Copy Furnished to other Offices – a notation concerning copy furnished should be typed immediately under, and separated by at least one line from the listing of enclosure, if any. Example: Copy Furnished: RD, PRO’s D, NSU’s

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