Fundamentals of Investigative Report Writing

(Second Edition)
Gary Guthrie
©2018, 278 pages

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    Fundamentals of Investigative Report Writing teaches readers how to precisely construct investigative reports, whether for criminal, employment-policy, or employee-performance investigations. Dedicated to helping report-writers produce valuable extrinsic documentation, the book explains how to describe “what happened and why” in clear, concise terms.

    Topics include writing attitude and ethics, the “always” rules of writing, tips for conducting successful interviews, techniques for writing with precision, purposes and techniques for editing and proof-reading, and how to incorporate sketches, drawings, diagrams, and other visuals. The book also addresses considerations when writing United States Constitutional- based reports, as well as strategies involved in other forms of written communication such as e-mail, business letters, memoranda, and social media. This edition features a chapter devoted to performance evaluations that helps supervisors to be accurate, state things efficiently, insure the quality of the organization, and develop the employee.

    Each chapter includes learning objectives, chapter summaries, specific writing assignments, and a feature story related to the chapter's content-focus. Illustrations have been carefully selected to support the written text. Thoughtfully developed to set students and instructors up for success, Fundamentals of Investigative Report Writing is ideal for technical education programs in administration of justice, criminal justice, and law enforcement and courses on investigative and police report writing and report writing for criminal justice and law enforcement professionals.

    After twenty-five years in law enforcement, Gary Guthrie retired and brought his experience and expertise to the university classroom. A faculty member at both Point Loma Nazarene University and Southwestern College in San Diego, he teaches criminal justice courses with a significant focus on the role of quality written documentation. Professor Guthrie relies on his own extensive investigative report-writing experience, which encompasses criminal, administrative, and policy investigations, to inform his teaching and his approach to foundational skills development in his students.
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