CJ461 Media Relations for Law Enforcement
This course provides an overview of the conventional protocols for information release by federal, state and local courts, correctional agencies, and law enforcement departments. The issues involved with the dissemination, and use of electronic, in person, and documentary information to the media, public and other government agencies, as well as state and federal freedom of information and privacy protection laws will be covered. Also addressed will be how the media, to include dramatized television shows and news sources alike, shape how law enforcement agencies are perceived by the public and what ramifications this perception may have on these agencies and the court systems and how a Public Information Officer can shape these perceptions. Upon successful completion of this course, students will understand the role of a Public Information Officer and how they shape public perceptions; be proficient in writing press releases and other media related documents; be able to understand law as pertaining to media relations, and be able to successfully speak professionally to the public through the media.