Effective Police Management of the Media
The adoption of the community policing philosophy identifies the need for closer ties to the community by keeping them informed of their police department’s actions and strategies. The major conduit for this information is not the new departmental website but by the media; radio, television, and newsprint. That places a responsibility on the police (and other law enforcement agencies) to establish a police-media relationship based upon mutual respect and trust. This paper examines the roles of the media and the police in serious incident investigations and questions whether the police-media relationship could be improved by training.
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