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Top 10 PoliceMag.com Articles of 2013

December 31, 2013
PoliceMag.com readers couldn't get enough of articles focusing on weapons and tactics in the past year, according to the numbers. These topics dominated our list of the most well-read feature articles of 2013.

3 Patrol Maxims to Live By

September 16, 2013
During your career, you'll hear all too often familiar phrases repeated, some may not be worth repeating but some are lifesavers. I've developed a short list of maxims that good leaders reiterate and young officers should heed.

How To Write Better Police Reports

July 18, 2013

In those cases where force is used—and we are most likely to be sued—we seem to be ashamed to tell the truth and admit that we hit, punched, kicked, bit, scratched, and otherwise got nasty with some miscreant.

Lawsuit: Pa. Trooper Fired for Writing Reports In Ebonics

December 6, 2012
In the lawsuit, William Peake, 29, claims he faced discrimination from his mostly white fellow troopers after he was stationed at the Uniontown barracks.

Dreams, Schemes, and Other Interesting Things

November 16, 2012
Recently, I had a dream in which I was once again working patrol. But rather than writing or dictating our reports, we were drawing them.

Report Writing Made Simple

October 17, 2012
Today's technology has made it a lot easier for officers to write and submit their reports. But just because it appears easier, doesn't mean it will be accurate. A keyboard still needs a human's input.

Tuff-Writer's Precision Press Pen

June 12, 2012

You might tempted to call it a "clicky pen" because its ink tip is retractable, but unlike other such writing implements it's so smooth there is no telltale "click." It's also much more durable than the kind you'll find at most offices, yet more cost-effective than others intended to double as kubatons. It's Tuff-Writer’s Precision Press Pen.

Five Things That Can Get You Killed or Sued

June 6, 2012

With the tax base shrinking in many of our jurisdictions and that depleting our budgets, all of us have been told to do more with less. The trick is to know what corners to cut and what corners might cut you back. Here's a look at five things you absolutely positively don't want to do on the job.

Taggers and Graffiti Culture

April 24, 2012

San Bernardino (Calif.) Police Sgt. Dwight Waldo, one of law enforcement's foremost graffiti enforcement investigators, discusses the five types of graffiti, explains how to gather intel to identify messages, and tells patrol officers what they need to include in a vandalism report. Sgt. Waldo's book, "Taggers and the Graffiti Culture," is proprietary training material.

Tips for Successful Gang Prosecutions

April 12, 2012
Police officers must have a pristine file, a file that if read by anyone gives all of the information the prosecutor needs.

Put It in Writing

April 12, 2012
Your written product is often the single most tangible evidence of the work that you do, and if your readership falls off, it will result in unfiled cases, lackluster evaluations, and a generally all-around crappy reputation among your co-workers.

Never Settle for Just Good Enough

September 20, 2011
Detectives build their case on your preliminary report. Prosecutors decide whether to move forward with the case based on your report. Insurance companies, probation officers, and others will use your work product to help them with their roles. Pay attention to the details; it will pay off in more ways than one.

Proofread Your Reports

April 14, 2011
Once you have labored over a lengthy report, stop if you can. Grab a coffee, sit back down and read it as a neutral party, from the 10,000-foot level. Try to disassociate yourself from your product and read it critically. Don't give it a quick blush over; read it.

An Officer's Most Potent Weapon

February 28, 2011
Do you believe the maxim that the pen is mightier than the sword? I do. Even though most departments use a work station and software to prepare reports, writing ability is honored among those in the criminal justice profession.

How to Master Report Writing

November 22, 2010

Whenever anyone talks about report writing, images of my academy class and the boring report writing segment always comes to mind. What I didn't know then, but know now, is just how important report writing really is.

Will I Get Sued?

November 1, 2007

Years ago when I was attending my police academy recruit training, one of the many questions my fellow recruits and I pondered was: Will I get sued? In my case, the answer turned out to be, "Yes." And several times at that!

Report Writing Tune-Up

June 1, 2005

One of the most ignored aspects of our work is report writing. But it shouldn’t be. Whether we are patrol officers or investigators, we write reports each and every day. And these reports stay with us from the day we write them all the way through the court process and beyond.

The Generic Report

July 1, 2002

It got to the point where I had memorized a short speech in which I slowly explained to the confused citizen that the police officer's job was basically finding someone to arrest, arresting them, and then taking them to jail.

The Dreaded Report: We Must Do it, So Why Not Get it Write?

March 1, 2000

"We're not report takers.  We're the police."

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