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Serve and Protect: Communicating in Law Enforcement in Canada, 1st Edition

By Lucy Valentino
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Spiral Bound
252 pages
ISBN-10: 0176501258
ISBN-13: 9780176501259
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 1st

To Serve and Protect: Communicating in Law Enforcement in Canada is a student-focused writing guide. It is designed for use by students new to law enforcement training as well as practicing officers undergoing communications training who might benefit from a concise guide to writing on the job for their profession.


  • a focus on understanding and working through the writing situation for each type of writing task.
  • a wide variety of realistic scenarios for the students to work through, collaboratively and/or individually.
  • provides excellent coverage of academic writing and writing for the job search with a chapter and appendix, respectively, dedicated to these topics.
  • appendices on grammar, spelling, and mechanics, and on easily-confused words, will ensure that To Serve and Protect will be a useful guide for future professionals to use throughout their careers.
  • the spiral bound format and small trim size of this book will ensure that this is a pocket guide that will be easy to reference.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • About the Author
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Foundational Skills for Police Writing
  • Chapter 2: Context of Canadian Police Writing
  • Chapter 3: Police Memorandum Books (Notebooks)
  • Chapter 4: Incident Reports, Arrest Reports, and Witness Statements
  • Chapter 5: Internal Police Communication: Memorandums
  • Chapter 6: Communicating with the Public: Letters
  • Chapter 7: Communicating with the Public: Brochures and Flyers
  • Chapter 8: Using Graphics in Workplace Writing: Basic Types of Graphics and When to Use Them
  • Chapter 9: The Business Case: Competing for Limited Resources
  • Chapter 10: Writing in a Post-Secondary Setting
  • Appendix A: Writing for the Job Search: Resumes and Cover Letters
  • Appendix B: Grammar, Spelling, and Mechanics
  • Appendix C Spelling: Sound-Alikes and Look-Alikes
  • Index

Author Information

Lucy Valentino

Dr. Lucy Valentino has over twenty years' experience teaching in the Ontario college system. Lucy has developed and taught a wide variety of composition, workplace writing, critical thinking, liberal arts, and ESL courses throughout her teaching career. She was Chair of the English Department at Centennial College for over a decade, and then was Centennial's Dean responsible for English, General Education, and faculty professional development. Lucy joined Humber College in 2005.