Investigative Report Writing: Getting It WRITE
Tips and Tactics for Investigative Report Writing
Investigative report writing as an essential skill that is the culmination of an investigator's hard work. Correct documentation of case information is paramount since an investigative report can and will likely be reviewed by attorneys on both side of the court room. A poorly written investigative report casts the investigator in a negative light, presents possible legal challenges, undermines professionalism, and can effect the career aspects of the investigator responsible. Report writing has to be undertaken in a systematic manner with an eye towards mastery of grammar, coherence, and concision.
The Bottom Line: You've done the hard work and closed the case. Get it down in writing and get it down right. This course will cover how to coherently organize your thoughts, cover some key punctuation rules, and some editing tools. The process of investigative report writing is an important task that should not be taken lightly. This course will cover: tips and tactics for writing effective reports, refresh the learner on punctuation and grammar, and provide helpful resources for proof-reading and editing your report.
Aaron M. Denbo is a seasoned instructor, interviewer, and investigator who focuses on applying innovative and effective techniques to the investigative process. Mr. Denbo is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Forensic Interviewer with investigative specializations in Healthcare Fraud, Organized Crime, Interviewing, and SOSINT. He earned a Masters degrees in Religion and a Master of Applied Science in Security Management with a subject matter focus on Organizational Security.
He also holds advanced certificates in Forensic Linguistics and a certificate in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. His investigative background includes fraud investigation in Higher Education entitlement programs, Healthcare Fraud, and Insurance fraud. He is currently a fraud investigator in the Pacific Northwest and Investigations instructor for The School of Theftonomics and The Counter Fraud Academy.
Frequently Asked Questions
This investigative report writing course covers: organization of the report; paragraph construction; punctuation; editing tools; grammar; and word choice.
Content delivery is through a learning module. A working bibliography is included for future reading and research as is a minor quiz. The course is built to quickly assimilate information and be readily usable for the learner.