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Written and Interpersonal Communication: Methods for Law Enforcement, Second Edition

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Harvey Wallace; Cliff Roberson; Craig Steckler
Date Published
219 pages
This textbook aims to improve the oral and written skills of police officers and increase their ability to complete the reports and forms commonly used in the criminal justice system.
The text emphasizes that the ability to communicate effectively is an essential requirement for all law enforcement officers and that police officers need to be able to communicate effectively within their agency and outside the agency to members of the community they serve. The text explains the central aspects of oral and written communication for police officers and details the methods and approaches that are crucial to successful communication. It also emphasizes that frequent practice is also essential to improving communication skills. Individual chapters explain the similarities and differences in oral and written communication, specific types of communication patterns, group versus individual communication, barriers to communication, and giving and receiving feedback. Additional chapters focus on communicating with different cultures, communication with persons with hearing impairments, hostage negotiations, public speaking, and communication with the media. Further chapters explain law enforcement records, management information systems, police reports and report writing, interview and interrogation, preparing for a court appearance, and testifying in court. Chapter review questions and exercises, lists of main terms, chapter reference notes, and index