chapter  8
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8Chapter Report Writing

Despite its drudgery, report writing is a core and mandatory function throughout the investigative process. Report writing-that is, the compilation, drafting, and authorship of various reports and documents relating to an investigative case-serves as the formal record of investigative steps and practices. Reports are crucial to historical accuracy and ensure an objective appraisal of events and conditions surrounding the case at hand. Reports also promote professional best practices for the security industry. And yet the quality of report writing remains, as Tim Dees puts it, an “ill at the top of the list.”1