We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more
Cover

Compelling Criminal Justice Communications

Shanna R. Van Slyke

Publication Date - November 2019

ISBN: 9780190848040

400 pages
Looseleaf

Retail Price to Students: $18.99

Practical, real-world applications and exercises to help students develop written and oral communications skills

Description

Strong communication skills are critical to success both as a criminal justice student and as a criminal justice professional. Compelling Criminal Justice Communications motivates and assists criminal justice students to produce dynamic written and oral communications. The book provides comprehensive coverage of the concrete principles involved in the production of compelling writings and briefings about crime. It not only identifies the features of effective communication, but also illustrates exactly how to achieve them. Covering a broad range of academic and professional communications, the book is accompanied by numerous practice exercises.

About the Author(s)

Shanna R. Van Slyke is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice in Utica College's School of Business and Justice Studies.

Reviews

"This book offers a solid overview of the differences between criminal justice communications and the standard business and technical communications courses that many students take as part of their curriculum. This is the material that local agencies want taught."--Gregory Bridgeman, Lake Sumter State College

"Compelling Criminal Justice Communications provides an in-depth examination of the importance of effective communication in criminal justice. It is wonderfully written and interesting."--Julie Coon, Roger Williams University

"A major strength of this book is the tone and approach of the writing--it makes students want to learn the skills contained within. The text is logical, easy to follow, and contains information on both oral and written communication. It is persuasive, motivating, and pedagogically sound."--Connie M. Koski, Longwood University

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction

    Chapter 1. Introduction
    Importance of Communication in Criminal Justice
    The Communication Process
    Special Challenges in Criminal Justice Communications
    Criminal Justice Communication as Technical Communication
    Nine Principles of Effective Criminal Justice Communication
    Six Stages for Producing Effective Criminal Justice Communications
    Planning
    Collecting Information
    Synthesizing Information
    Drafting
    Improving and Finalizing
    Delivering
    Papers
    Presentations
    Applications
    Notes
    The Cornell Note-Taking System
    Best Practices
    Interviews and Interrogations
    Interviews
    Interrogations
    Best Practices
    Exercises
    Matching
    Writing
    References

    Chapter 2. Principle 1: Professionalism
    Guidelines
    Adopt an Assertive Communication Style
    Adhere to the Strictest Standards of Integrity and Ethics
    Ethics and Integrity in School
    Ethics and Integrity in the Workforce
    Maintain an Appropriate Level of Formality
    Tone
    Diction
    Applications
    Job Application Materials
    Cover Letters
    Résumés
    Best Practices
    Performance Evaluation Reviews
    Contents and Organization
    Best Practices
    Exercises
    Matching
    Multiple Choice
    Editing
    Writing
    References

    Chapter 3. Principle 2: Responsiveness
    Guidelines
    Address the Objective
    Understand the Objective
    State the Objective
    Achieve the Objective
    Adhere to Parameters
    Target the Audience
    Identify the Audience
    Learn About the Audience
    Customize the Communication for the Audience
    Applications
    Answers to Essay Questions
    The Essay Verb
    Sample Essay Questions and Answers
    Best Practices
    Emails
    When to Use Email
    Contents and Structure
    Best Practices
    Exercises
    Matching
    Multiple Choice
    Editing
    Writing
    References

    Chapter 4. Principle 3: Organization
    Guidelines
    Have a Beginning, a Middle, and an End
    The Beginning
    The Middle
    The End
    Outline Before You Write
    Basic Outline Format
    Types of Outlines
    From Outline to Draft
    Adopt an Appropriate Organizational Structure
    Employ Organizational Devices to Highlight Your Structure
    Organizational Devices in Papers
    Organizational Devices in Presentations
    Use Structural Variation to Distinguish Between Major and Minor Material
    Paragraph Structure
    Sentence Structure
    Applications
    Persuasive Papers
    Topic and Stance
    Contents and Organization
    Best Practices
    Intelligence Briefings
    Contents and Organization
    Best Practices
    Exercises
    Matching
    Multiple Choice
    Editing
    Writing
    References

    Chapter 5. Principle 4: Logic
    Guidelines
    Be a Habitual Critical Thinker
    Self-Awareness
    Open-Mindedness and Objectivity
    Skepticism
    Be Informed
    Subject Matter
    Argumentation
    Avoid Logical Fallacies
    Fallacies of Inconsistency
    Fallacies of Irrelevance
    Fallacies of Vacuity
    Fallacies of Distortion
    Fallacies of Mistaken Relationship
    Diagram Arguments
    Creating the Diagram
    Correcting the Diagram
    Advance Defensible Claims
    Fortifying Arguments
    Stating Conclusions
    Applications
    Policy Analyses and Policy Proposals
    Policy Analyses
    Policy Proposals
    Best Practices
    Presentence Investigation Reports
    Contents and Organization
    Best Practices
    Exercises
    Matching
    Multiple Choice
    Editing
    Writing
    References

    Chapter 6. Principle 5: Evidence
    Guidelines
    Identify Where Evidence Is Needed
    Determine What Evidence Is Needed
    Claim Type
    Proof Requirement
    Evidence Forms
    Evaluate Evidence
    Single Pieces of Evidence
    Total Evidence
    Explain Evidence
    Applications
    Research Papers
    Informative Research Papers
    Persuasive Research Papers
    Best Practices
    Search Warrant Affidavits
    Convincing the Judge to Issue a Search Warrant
    Withstanding Later Scrutiny
    Best Practices
    Exercises
    Matching
    Multiple Choice
    Editing
    Writing
    References

    Chapter 7. Principle 6: Completeness
    Guidelines
    Include All Pertinent Information
    Address Any Coverage Constraints
    Too Much Information
    Too Little Information
    Applications
    Lab Reports
    Contents and Organization
    Best Practices
    Crime Scene Reports
    Contents and Organization
    Best Practices
    Exercises
    Matching
    Multiple Choice
    Editing
    Writing
    References

    Chapter 8. Principle 7: Correctness
    Guidelines
    Present Only Information That Is True
    Know the Truth
    Tell the Truth
    Avoid Untruths and Half-Truths
    Present Information in Proper Form
    Learn the Rules
    Use Proper Grammar
    Use Proper Spelling
    Use Proper Punctuation
    Be Consistent
    Applications
    Critiques
    Contents and Organization
    Best Practices
    Arrest Reports
    Contents and Organization
    Best Practices
    Exercises
    Matching
    Multiple Choice
    Editing
    Writing
    References

    Chapter 9. Principle 8: Clarity
    Guidelines
    Be Explicit
    Be Direct
    Be Precise
    Avoid Equivocating
    Use Plain Language
    Favor Simple to Fancy Terms
    Avoid Specialized Language
    Be Literal
    Avoid Euphemisms
    Avoid Irony, Exaggeration, and Understatement
    Avoid Idioms
    Prefer Positive to Negative Constructions
    Avoid Double-Barreled Questions
    Applications
    Discussion Posts
    Types
    Best Practices
    Expert Witness Testimony
    Balancing Concerns
    Best Practices
    Exercises
    References

    Chapter 10. Principle 9: Conciseness
    Guidelines
    Eliminate "Filler"
    Written Filler
    Oral Filler
    Exclude Trite, Meaningless Statements
    Omit Rhetorical Questions
    Reword Clunky Prepositional Phrases
    Refrain from Redundancy
    Avoid Obvious Statements
    Prefer Summaries to Paraphrases and Quotations
    Quotation
    Paraphrase
    Summary
    Applications
    Abstracts
    Contents and Organization
    Best Practices
    Tweets
    Law-Enforcement Use of Social Media
    Best Practices
    Exercises
    Matching
    Multiple Choice
    Editing
    Writing
    References

    Chapter 11. Presentation
    Design
    Colors
    Logo
    Font
    Alignment
    Structure
    Components
    Layout
    Title Slide
    Overview Slide
    Section Slides
    Content Slides
    References Slide
    Closing Slide
    Content
    Style
    Traditional
    Assertion-Evidence
    Simplicity
    Visualization
    Handouts
    Practice
    Delivery
    Approach
    Speech
    Question-and-Answer Session
    Exercises
    Matching
    Multiple Choice
    Writing
    References
    Appendix A - Researching
    Research Motives
    Substantiating Claims
    Documenting Knowledge
    Advancing Knowledge
    Research Products
    Research Papers
    Literature Review Papers
    Literature Review Sections
    Problem Formulation Section
    Preliminary Research
    Research Questions
    Substantiating Claims
    Documenting Knowledge
    Advancing Knowledge
    Search Terms
    Too Many Results
    Too Few Results
    Search Tools
    Search Engines
    Library Databases
    Google Scholar
    Search Records
    Appendix B - Formatting
    Layout
    Title Page
    Abstract Page
    Text
    References
    Documentation
    In-Text Citations
    Citing When Writing in Your Own Words
    Citing When Quoting Fewer Than 40 Source Words
    Citing When Quoting 40 or More Source Words
    Citing Statistics
    References
    Overall Structure
    Journal Articles
    Books and Book Chapters
    Government Reports
    News Articles
    Legal Documents
    Closing APA Advice
    References
    Appendix C - Editing
    Strategies
    Stages
    Stage 1: Purpose and Substance
    Stage 2: Fit and Flow
    Stage 3: Language and Mechanics
    Stage 4: Layout and Documentation
    References
    Glossary
    Answers to End-of-Chapter Exercises
    Index