Target Audience

Who should take this course?

Security Officers who are required to write formal reports and statements during the course of their work.


Why take this course?

This course aims to provide learners with an understanding of the key basic Activities, Responsibilities and Skills required for formal writing


Upon completion of these courses you will:

Upon completion, you will have an understanding of the concept of formal writing and how to compile formal written documents, how to complete a pocket notebook, how to write formal statements and reports. In addition, you will have the skills to use the 5 W H Model to write comprehensive reports and use the mnemonic ADVOKATE to assist with matters of identification.


What's my time investment?

30-40 minutes

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Aims and objectives

    • Welcome

  • 2

    Factual writing

    • Introduction to factual writing

    • Quick test - factual writing

  • 3

    Pocket notebooks

    • Your powerful pocket notebook (PNB)

    • Quick test - your pocket notebook

  • 4

    Taking statements

    • Taking a statement and 5WH

    • Identification using ADVOKATE

    • Quick test - Statements and ID

  • 5

    Final test - Formal writing introduction

    • Final test - introduction to formal writing

    • Copy of End of Course Questionnaire


Senior instructor

Claire Humble

Leading on Safety & Security is a former Senior Police Officer and HE Assistant Director; Safety & Security, with a stand out reputation for delivering Sector Leading Transformational Change, Leadership and Security Strategy at all levels of an Institution. Her in-depth expertise in Security Operations, Systems & Risk Management is underpinned by a Masters level Degree in International Security and Membership of the Security Institute. Her experience includes: Safety & Security Strategy, Systems & Logistics Leadership & Management Security Operational Procedures Crime Prevention Security Risk & Threat Assessment Emergency Planning Investigation Transformational Culture Change