Writing matters. In the world of business, it is a key communications tool. In the world of law enforcement, report writing can make the difference between a conviction and release. In all professions, writing is a fundamental skill.
Law enforcement officers are required to develop a high volume of reports with varying complexity levels on a daily basis. These reports often become formal court documents. Law enforcement officers are therefore tasked to focus and apply critical thinking skills and organisation in the development of their reports. In this Report Writing for Law Enforcement Officers programme, you will learn to learn about writing as a communications tool, the craft and mechanics of the English Language and the critical skills required to develop professional documents.
Who Should Attend?
Law Enforcement Officers
Anyone willing to learn to improve their report writing skills
What am I going to learn?
Learn to document and present information in a clear, concise and efficient manner
Develop strategies for preparing accurate, objective, well-written reports
Learn to identify errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics
Develop innovative proofreading techniques to find and correct mistakes
Apply critical thinking skills in the reading and interpretation of all materials
Hone your grammar, punctuation and sentence construction skills
Recognise the link between your notes and report writing
Appreciate the importance of the 5Ws and H
Create clear, concise, professional documents
Evaluate your reports from the perspective of your audiences
Edit for tone, structure, clarity and accuracy
Write Memos, Reports for accidents, incidents, protest etc
Communications and the Police Service
Grammar Basics: Spelling, Punctuation, Parts of Speech, Subject-Verb-Object
Writing for Impact: Sentence Construction, Tone of Voice
Using paragraphs to organize information
Structuring emails and memos
Best practice in developing professional emails and memos
Writing with your audience in mind
Editing for cohesiveness
Proofreading for grammar, punctuation and spelling mistakes
Developing effective reports
Research process and organisation of information
Developing reports (Introductions, Discussions and Findings, Conclusions and Recommendations)
Writing an Executive Summary
Preparing formal letters
Creating powerful presentations (PowerPoint and oral)
Students will be required to complete a final project which will entail the preparation of supervisory investigative and incident response reports, memos and letters. Different scenarios will be created for the final reports.
Students will receive a certificate on completion.
Tuesdays and Thursdays
5:30pm to 8:30pm
Afiya Ray is an author, corporate communications practitioner and the Managing Director of Oyez Media Limited, a company founded to simplify news and current events for young readers. A former journalist, Ray has 17 years' experience in media and communications.
During the period 1999 to 2003, Ray worked for all three daily newspapers in Trinidad and Tobago, beginning as a freelance writer with the Trinidad Express in 1999 and developing the skills to contribute to all desks including crime, health, features, politics, business and general news. She later accepted opportunities for promotion to work with the Trinidad Guardian and then the Newsday before leaving the media to seek employment in the energy sector.
In 2003, Ray was employed as a writer by the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (Petrotrin) to provide articles, speeches and media releases. There, she was given the exposure and opportunity to develop skills beyond journalism. At Petrotrin, Ray led the development of the Company's official presence on social media, restructured the Company's monthly newsletter and designed its internal e-letter in 2012. She was also instrumental in the restructure and redesign of the Company's internet in 2014 and its intranet in 2016 among other internal initiatives.
In 2010, Ray wrote and published the novel "Voices" and provided writing and consultancy services for a number of different organisations including the Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce. She also continued to freelance for the Trinidad Express, providing articles for the Express Woman publication during that period.
Today, in addition to her regular job as a senior corporate communications officer at Petrotrin, Ray gives English and Creative Writing lessons to primary and secondary students and continues private studies in Law and as an ABE student. Ray is the mother of three beautiful and talented boys.
Programme Manager's Profile:
Jude Bernard is CTS College's Programme Manager for the Business Professional Courses. Holder of a BSc and an MSc, Jude also possess several years of experience in the role of student support and programme management.
Mr. Jude Bernard
No books required. CTS will provide all handouts for the programme.