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The New Police Report Manual [Paperback]

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This manual is the undisputed authority on plain-talk report writing techniques. Interesting and easy-to-read, it provides hundreds of examples that show easier and better ways to write without any spelling or grammar lessons. It is valuable as a supplemental reader for investigations or police communications courses. Students will devour this book and gain an incredible understanding of the impact report writing has on the complex issues surrounding a case.

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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2000
Publisher   Wadsworth Publishing
ISBN  1928916139  
ISBN13  9781928916130  

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More About Devallis Rutledge

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Devallis Rutledge has published ten books and numerous articles and lectured nationally on criminal procedure and police training. His career has included service as a Santa Ana police officer (1968--1970), an Orange County prosecutor (1976--2000), a California commissioner of peace officer standards and training (1991--1996), and currently as a police liability defense attorney. He holds an AB in philosophy from UCLA and a JD from Loyola University School of Law, Los Angeles.

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Best to the point manual...  Mar 20, 2008
I had Rutledge's "It Easy to Write Better Reports" handout from over 20 years ago. This manual expands on the handout. With over a decade teaching report writing in an academy & at a university level, I highly recommend this book. Cadets have gone on to receive high marks for their report writing skills on evaluations thanks to Rutledge's thoughts. His cry to simplify wins cases. The very fact that he is a prosecutor adds a great deal of credence to what he teaches.
Plain English v. Legalistic Gibberish  Dec 6, 2007
The book was new, even radical, when I read the first edition in the early 1980s. Rutledge advocated a plain English approach to report writing instead of the affected legalese that was the style of the day (and still infests some agencies' writing).

A well written narrative report has nothing to do with the technology used to produce it. Whether the writer uses a pencil and legal pad, typewriter, word processor, or clay tablet, good English is good English. Whatever else anyone wants to say about him, Rutledge broke me of some bad writing habits ("Photographs were taken by this officer of Suspect A..."). For that he has my eternal gratitude.
Outdated Police Report Manual  Dec 30, 2006
I purchased this book out of curiosity and to see what made it "The New Police Report Manual". Well, the book is out of date and uses photographs from over 20 years ago. For example, it showed a photograph of a secretary typing a report on a typewriter! The book's content has no application in today's world of law enforcement where computers are used to type police reports, search warrants and arrest warrants. This book was probably an excellent book 20 years ago but there's nothing new in it. I suggest that you save your money and read my review on an excellent police report writing manual that I have used in training new and veteran police officers.
Eric V. Winchell, Lt. (So. CA Police Dept.)  Jan 2, 2006
This book is a must read for all new police officers, FTO's, and police supervisors. Rutledge's no-nonsense, get to the point approach is both effective and refreshing. I'm sure I am not the only police supervisor finding that many new officers have major difficulties in report writing. I have used this book when teaching and tutoring, and I have found it to be a great help. After applying the concepts identified and discussed in the book, the majority of officers are able to quickly overcome many of their writing issues, and develop a simple, yet highly effective style of police report writing.

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