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Course Description:

The media is increasingly involved with the daily operations of law enforcement entities. On any given day, the majority of news stories, especially in major metropolitan areas, have a law enforcement aspect. Your response to media requests and interaction with the media can have an effect on the success of your case, the apprehension of a suspect, the public’s perception of law-enforcement, and may even have legal ramifications. This 8 hour course will give you an overview of the basic duties and responsibilities of the Public Information Officer, and give you opportunities to apply your knowledge.  Topics include:

  • Scene management
  • Press releases
  • On-camera appearances
  • Press conferences
  • Public relations and Community Oriented Policing

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Dress Code & Identification:

  • Visitors attending training at WSCJTC are encouraged to wear their agency logo shirt/uniform or agency ID badge while on campus.  If you are not wearing agency identification, you will be asked to check in at the front desk and will be provided with a clip-on visitor's identification card.

Audience: This course is appropriate for new Public Information Officers, and all law enforcement and corrections personnel who actually or potentially interact with the media.

Cost: Free

Suggested Equipment: Laptop computer or tablet with word processing capabilities.


  • 8:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Dates and locations listed below

***Is this class full or not available???? Please complete the Course Interest Survey. Please Note: This is not a waiting list.  You will not be contacted by WSCJTC unless there is enough interest to generate a class being scheduled.  At that time we will contact everyone that has shown interest so that applications can be submitted.

Application Form:

WSCJTC Application Form (Word)

WSCJTC Application Form (PDF)

Also available for online registration, see your Training Officer.

Submit Application to:

Valerie Jenkins,Registrar

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Fax: 206.835.7926

Course, Program, or Policy Questions:

Samantha Daly

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Phone: 206.835.7317