chapter  7
Reading and Correcting Reports
ByLarry S. Miller, John T. Whitehead
Pages 20

Many people in the early stages of their careers in the criminal justice system believe that they do not have to worry about reading and correcting reports. The truth of the matter is that by the time one has an opportunity to be promoted, one should have a great deal of experience reading and correcting reports. Many problems with reports involve misinterpretations or omissions, usually on the face page. Every report submitted has the potential to be a key element in a high-profile case. The use of word processors has allowed people who are poor writers to complete professional-looking reports. The use of word processors has speeded up the completion of booking reports, as well as common arrest or incident reports. In addition, word processors have grammar and spelling checkers. Some spelling checkers will only reject words that do not exist and cannot differentiate words when there is improper usage.