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Media Relations and the Public Information Officer (PIO) Function for Law Enforcement Agencies


COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course is designed to educate Pennsylvania Law Enforcement in the different forums of media in order to properly release information to the public and how to develop and maintain a professional working relationship with local and national media outlets.  A portion of this course will focus on release of information during high profile and critical events.

Instructional Hours:  3 Days / 24 Hours

Instructional Objectives: To provide Department members and other law enforcement officials an understanding of how to work with the media. This will be accomplished through classroom instruction and hands-on exercises.

After completion, the student will be able to:

  •  Introduce the role of Public Information Officer.
  •  Explain differences between print, broadcast and online media.
  •  Practice creating news releases and media alerts.
  •  Review best practices for interview preparation.
  •  Explain how to control an interview; introduce bridging language.
  •  Conduct mock interviews.

Audience:  PSP Enlisted; PSP Employee; LEO; MP

Pre-requisite(s):  None

Registration: Please register for the classes below using form SP 8-130All applications must be received 7 days prior to the course start date.

MPOETC CLEE Hours: 24 - CLEE ID #:CLE00678





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