Police Public Information Officer

Employer City of Madison
Location Madison, WI
Type Full time
Apply by October 28, 2020
More details https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/madisonwi/jobs/2884096/police-public-information-officer-1-or
Posted on October 15, 2020


The Police Public Information Officer plays a crucial role in daily external and internal communications of the Madison Police Department (MPD) by accurately and effectively conveying information in a proactive manner. As MPD strives to maintain a cooperative climate in which the news media may obtain information on matters of public concern, and in a manner that does not hamper police operations or investigations, this position coordinates all media relations. The Public Information Officer will foster positive relationships with the media, alders and other elected officials, community partners, departmental members and the general public. The Public Information Officer works to release information, without partiality, through MPD website postings, social media platforms, news conferences and other avenues. This position requires an attention to customer service, an understanding of police policies, procedures and investigations, and requires sound judgment and discretion in identifying, recommending, implementing, and evaluating the release of information to the community and the media. The Public Information Officer is often the primary person interviewed for more significant/serious incidents or investigations, and is usually the first point of contact on a daily basis for media inquiries. This position works closely with all members of the department, but most specifically the Chief of Police and other members of the command staff, and helps to develop and maintain communication strategies that maintain transparency and help build and foster community trust.