Police Public Information Officer
FLSA STATUS: Exempt - Executive
CLASSIFICATION: Regular – Non merit; Serves at the discretion of the Chief of Police
PAY GRADE: 20
CLOSING DATE: June 14, 2016
Purpose of Job
The purpose of this job is to provide information and act as a liaison representing the Police Department. This position is responsible for developing transparency within the community in regards to all police department operations, investigations, services and incidents of public interest. This position is responsible for the development and communication of a variety of public information and media relations programs, services and activities designed to keep the public informed of the Police Department's programs and accomplishments on current issues and performing additional tasks as assigned.
Job Related Requirements
WORK SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; may be required to work some evenings, weekends, and holidays; May be required to work on religious holidays; Regular and predictable attendance is required; Must work cooperatively with others. Bachelor's degree in Public Relations or related field with two years of public relations or related experience required; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position. Master's degree preferred.
Essential Duties, Responsibilities
Responds to crime scenes, disaster scenes and other critical law enforcement operational scenes to assist the Chief of Police, Command Duty Officer and on-scene commanders with conducting interviews and assisting with information dissemination to the media.
Conducts on-camera interviews and responds to specific questions from the media during critical events without the opportunity to confer with the Chief of Police or the Command Duty Officer for guidance.
Publicizes, promotes, and markets the varied programs, events, and incidents of the Police Department using a variety of outlets such as news releases, newsletters, social media, departmental website, brochures, speeches, consumer publications, radio and television appearances, in-house videos, news conferences, community presentations, and slide shows.
Interacts with professional and technical staff, community groups, other government agencies, businesses, and other sources to keep the public informed of pertinent incidents, situations or events; prepares and distributes statements; conducts in-person television, radio, or newspaper interviews as requested; provides media coaching to staff as needed.
Coordinates the development of comprehensive strategies and approaches for marketing the Police Department locally, regionally and nationally. Assesses marketing needs and conceptualizes, develops, implements and manages strategic communications campaigns and projects that reach, inform and involve residents and/or targeted audiences.
Complete details can be found in the Member Services area of the 3CMA Website.