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Effective Communication in Law Enforcement:Slang & Jargon

Written Communication

Describe the use of appropriate language in written communication.
Demonstrate writing skills in law enforcement reports.

Is it appropriate for an officer to use personal or neighborhood slang or jargon in a report? Explain your reasoning.

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Slang or Jargon: When Inappropriate

A slang or a jargon is culture based. It develops within a particular group of people either dictated by geography or by communal circumstance. For example, inmates in a particular jail have their own terms and slangs to describe or pertain to certain aspects of their incarceration. For instance, when an inmate trades "burns", they are referring to trading cigarettes. Inmates call a senior Prison officer 'Guvnor' in slang, in reference to their authority over them. Unlike prison though, the generation of information technology advocates & experts who refer to themselves as 'l33t' (read, leet, slang for elite) are the proponents of some web & IT based jargon that now slowly finds its way to users of the internet & IT technology. LOL refers to laughing-out-loud, btw to by the way, brb to be right back, afk to away from keyboard, among ...

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The solution discusses the use of language in effective communication, in particular the use of appropriate words, slang or jargon in law enforcement & the varied situations that require the use of formal law jargon (i.e. written reports) and slang (i.e. when cops are undercover). The solution is written and APA format & provides references to expand the ideas presented. A word version of the solution is attached.