Fundamentals of Report Writing
May 25, 2022
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
About This Course:
This course is intended to strengthen an officer’s report writing skills regardless of their time on
the job. Most officers have not taken a report writing course since attending their Basic Police
Academy Training Class. Report writing is one of the most basic and critical functions that all
police officers will use a great deal on the job. Yet, very often, little time is invested in
sharpening and improving this essential function of police work.
Topics: Sentence Fragments; Run-on Sentences; Misplaced Modifiers; Proper Comma
Placement; Use of Colon and Semicolon; Apostrophe; Pronoun; Capitalization; Subject-Verb
Agreement; Common Spelling Errors; Active vs. Passive Knowledge; and how to structure a
report to conform to proper English grammar.
The instructor will use interactive tools and activities to keep each student engaged. Students
will also see real examples of well-written reports and will have the opportunity to see how an
effective report is written through scenario-based training. Officers will leave this class feeling
more confident in their report writing skills by using the simple and engaging techniques taught
throughout the course.
The Instructor, Sgt. Mark Tagliareni, has been in law enforcement since 1996. Tagliareni began
his career as an officer with the Bergen County Probation Department. While working as a
probation officer, Tagliareni wrote detailed violation of probation reports and spent dozens of
hours in Superior Court testifying to these reports. He began working for the Wyckoff Police
Department in 1998. As a member of the Wyckoff Police Department, he has made hundreds
of arrests and has been consistently recognized as a strong communicator. Tagliareni was
promoted to Sergeant in 2016, and he is the Officer in Charge of the Records Division and
coordinates the department’s criminal interdiction unit. Sergeant Tagliareni holds a Bachelor
of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware and a Master of Arts in Education
from Seton Hall University.
Venue: Waterloo, IA