A reader named Michelle sent me an excellent capitalization challenge. She received a brief article (indented below) to publish in a magazine, and she wants to follow standard capitalization rules.
Which categories of capitalization would you change in Michelle's example? Would you change job titles, divisions, or anything else? (I have fictionalized the details.)
Decide on changes before you read the rules below.
Detective John Harris began his Law Enforcement career as a Reserve at the Clover Ridge Police Department in 1997. He moved to Greenville and became a Reserve for the Harrison Police Department in 1999. After testing, John became a full-time Police Officer for the Harrison PD in 2000.
John joined the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in 2002 as a Sheriff’s Deputy and was promoted to Detective in 2012. He has worked in Property Crimes, Financial Crimes, and Auto Theft before arriving in Family Violence. We are delighted to add John to our unit, but we are heavy hearted about saying goodbye to Detective Dale Estes.
These rules can help you capitalize correctly in challenging writing samples like Michelle's:
1. Avoid unnecessary capitalization. Only capitalize something when you have a good reason to do so. Liking the way a word looks does not pass as a good reason.
2. Capitalize proper nouns. Proper nouns are the unique names of specific people, places, and things. For instance, if "Clover Ridge Police Department" is the proper name of the police department, it deserves capitalization.
3. Don't capitalize common nouns. A common noun is a label but not a specific, unique name. "Law Enforcement" is not a specific name in Michelle's piece--it is a career. That's why it should be lower case rather than capitalized. The same goes for "Reserve" and "Detective" when they do not come before an individual's name. They are generic rather than proper names.
4. Capitalize a title when it comes directly before a person's name, not separated from the name even by punctuation. "Detective Dale Estes" is correctly capitalized. In contrast, "our retiring detective, Dale Estes" would have a lower case title.
Those rules resolve most of the challenges in Michelle's piece. One that remains involves Property Crimes, Financial Crimes, Auto Theft, and Family Violence. What would you want to know about those terms before you capitalized them?
I will post my revision tomorrow. In the meantime, feel free to comment or post yours.
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March 20 update: Below is my revision. It assumes that the names of the police departments, sheriff's office, and work units are official.
Detective John Harris began his law enforcement career as a reserve at the Clover Ridge Police Department in 1997. He moved to Greenville and became a reserve for the Harrison Police Department in 1999. After testing, John became a full-time police officer for the Harrison PD in 2000.
John joined the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in 2002 as a sheriff’s deputy and was promoted to detective in 2012. He has worked in Property Crimes, Financial Crimes, and Auto Theft before arriving in Family Violence. We are delighted to add John to our unit, but we are heavy hearted about saying goodbye to Detective Dale Estes.
Questions? Comments? Read more about capitalizing departments.
Inventing Essay Titles On School Violence: 15 Best Topics
Do you need to complete an essay on school violence, but have no idea what type of title to select? Then it’s worth your time to understand the different methods that can be implemented when coming up with the title. You’ll realize that with the correct title the project as a whole will be more enjoyable and easier to complete. Therefore, continue reading in order to learn some great titles that you could use for your next essay on school violence.
How To Invent A Title
Everyone has been to school and therefore they will have experience with things associated with school. If there has been some acts of violence, or bullying whilst you were in school then you can use these experiences to create a good quality title. Writing from experience also means that you get to do very little research. You’ll also find that will have some emotion with your writing if it’s from personal experience.
Other places where you can get title ideas is the media. Most instances of school related violence are blown out of proportion via the media giving you lost of research material.
15 Title Ideas
Here are 15 title ideas that you can use on your next essay on school violence:
- What are the most common forms of school bullying that need to be wiped out?
- What are the common signs that school bullying is taking place?
- How should school violence be punished so that it does not happen again?
- What measures can teachers take to warn students about the dangers of school bullying?
- What are the top things that should be included in a school violence prevention program?
- What are the social perspectives involved with a school violence case?
- What resolutions can take place so that tempers are boiled down after a school violence incident?
- How can students be educated to decrease the chances of school violence taking place?
- Examine the current state of school violence across the country?
- What are the main reasons for why school violence takes place?
- What kinds of things do teachers do to promote the chances of school violence taking place?
- With regards to school violence when is it correct to get the police involved?
- What role should parents play in reducing school violence?
- Are students pressured into school violence from their peers?
- What is the right course of punishment for students who take part in school violence?
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