3 simple ways to reduce redundancy in police report writing

Redundant question and answer phrases can cause confusion and make your reader (usually the charging attorney) lose interest in your case


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I asked this. He said that. Then I asked this. Then he said that. Then I asked this, and he replied saying that. Back and forth, and back and forth it goes.

Redundant and back-and-forth question and answer phrases can make a police report hard to read. It can cause confusion and make your reader (usually the charging attorney) lose interest in your case. Luckily, there are a few tricks that can help you eliminate nearly all sources of redundancy in your report writing.

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