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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.

Course Completion Requirements:  Attendance and successfully pass (80% or above) a written examination as well as complete all mock interviews.

Audience:  PSP Enlisted; PSP Employee; LEO; MP

MPOETC CLEE Hours: 24 - CLEE ID #:CLE00678

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

Locations:  For a list of all training centers and directions, please visit the Training Center Page.


SWTC5/18/2020 8:00 AM5/20/2020 4:00 PMSWTC Commanding Officer, 724-832-5250Yes
 Maximum of 30 students