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Effective Writing for Law Enforcement

Early (4 Months Left) $225.00 ENDS AUGUST 21
Regular $250.00 ENDS OCTOBER 21
Late $275.00 ENDS NOVEMBER 21

Location: Online
Dates: November 21, 2024 - November 22, 2024
Times: 10:00AM - 2:00PM ET
Fee: $225.00

Course Description
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Effective Law Enforcement Requires Effective Writing Skills

Course Overview

Virtually everyone in the world knows how to use Microsoft WORD®, but very few law enforcement professionals have been taught how to use this program in the performance of their jobs.  This is that class.  How do we write?  How do we create documents within a law enforcement environment?  These are the questions asked and answered in this course. 

Unlike most “computer” courses, this class does not begin with a blank computer screen and “standard” toolbar. This course starts with an Officer Involved Shooting, and the need to convey the facts of that situation internally (to the Agency and its administrators), externally (to the public), and to the courts (as a report of evidence).  Originally designed and created for ATF Intelligence Specialists, this course uses Microsoft WORD® to help LE professional communicate through written documentation.

Who Should Attend
This class is designed for any active law enforcement personnel, support staff, or administrative assistants.  Prior experience is not required. 

Material Requirements
Students should bring a laptop with Microsoft Word and Adobe (version 2003 or higher) is required.  



  • What did you see?
    • Who you are determines how you write
  • Using Microsoft WORD® to write for LE, Part 1
  • Outlining
  • Organization Strategies
    • Psychological
    • Chronological
    • Reverse Chronological
    • Geographic
    • Story Telling
    • Journalistic
  • Objectivity and Bias
  • Language
    • Descriptive
    • Subjective
  • Using Microsoft WORD® to write for LE, Part 2


  • Using Microsoft WORD® to write for LE Part 3
  • Audience
    • What do you write? 
    • Who do you write for? 
    • Who sees your product besides your primary audience? 
    • What does it look like when you are done?
  • Types of Documents in Law Enforcement
    • Intelligence Reports
    • Memo / Internal Documents
    • Public Reports
    • Others
  • Analysis or Analytics?
  • Using Microsoft WORD® to write for LE, Part 4