|Report Writing For
|Quality & Excellence In Criminal Justice Training
|The Time Line Model
Supervisors and FTOs will find that they can solve most common report writing problems
exhibited by writers within 3 to 5 reports. The course first teaches a method of organizing
information, Time Line Model, and then how to put it into a report. In the process the
student learns specific steps and terminology in teaching a subordinate or trainee. It gives
the report writer and the supervisor a common system of writing and reviewing the reports;
it provides an easy to use, painless, technique for feedback to the report writer. The Time
Line Model makes teaching report writing a simpler, easier task. The supervisors that have
trained in this course have stated that this course has made an exceptional impact on their
job as report reviewers and eliminated many of the problems they have had in the past.
With these techniques the supervisor will eliminate the senseless and multiple rewrites of
reports. The supervisor will find that their subordinates will become excellent report
writers. The Time Line Model makes teaching report writing a simpler, easier task. After
this course you will enjoy report writing both as a student and supervisor.
The Time Line Model was developed by John Bowden, a retired veteran of law
enforcement. John developed the Time Line Model to make teaching and learning report
writing easier, not only for the student, but for the supervisor. He developed the Time Line
Model as a part of a distinct 4 step report writing process. It enables the writer to get it right
before it is written, so it will not have to be rewritten. John has taught hundreds of students
the Time Line Model with incredible results. In 1995 John was contracted to retrain the law
enforcement officers working in Osceola County Florida. Prior to the course the Sheriff’s
Office was experiencing reporting delays up to 40 days due to the rewriting of reports.
After this program was presented the report writing problems were all but eliminated. The
supervisors in the program have raved about how easy the Time Line Model has made
report writing. The Supervisors were astounded at the marked improvement by the officers,
deputies and investigators, in their report writing skills.
|The Purpose of Report Writing
Why take a report? The importance of
writing a report and the liability that occurs
when an officer fails to adequately document
Clarity In Report Writing
What does it mean to be clear in your
writing? The common mistakes made by
report writers and how to avoid them.
The Organization of The Report
This course features the use of the "Time
Line Model" in organizing information for the
report. It is a sure fire, step-by-step process
that insures the writer will write the report
right, the first time, every time, all the time.
A basic review of English grammar in criminal
justice report writing. Grammar skills that are
needed on a day-to-day basis by criminal
Constructing the Report
A step by step process of writing the report
with the Time Line Model. Written only once,
correct and complete.
|Report Writing Scenarios
Realistic scenarios presented to the
student to practice the report writing skills
learned during the course.
Reviewing The Report
Students are given real reports written by
line officers. The students will learn to
critique the reports based on the skills and
techniques learned in the class.
Students are encouraged to bring real
reports written by subordinates to be
reviewed and corrected in class.
Critiquing The Writer
The students will learn methods of to conduct
remedial training of report writers.
The students participate in exercises that
practice the reviewing of reports and
techniques in providing feedback to the
This Course Is
It is the supervisor's or FTO's task
to review all the reports written by
their subordinates and trainees.
They must insure that all of the
necessary information is included in
a clear, complete and accurate
manner. When a report is not
acceptable, it is the reviewers job to
critique the report and provide
feedback to the writer. This is often
a difficult and frustrating task for the
supervisor and the writer. This
course provides the appropriate
training to easily enable the
supervisor to accomplish these
tasks. Often a report will pass
between the supervisor and the
report writer as many as 4 or 5
times before it is correct and
suitable for submission.