This agency must have the support of the community to be successful. Establishing and maintaining an effective relationship with the news media is crucial to accomplishing this goal. This media relations policy establishes guidelines regarding media relations and the release of information to the public through the news media.
No employee shall release any information that would jeopardize an active investigation, prejudice an accused person’s right to a fair trial, or violate the law. It shall be the policy of this agency to cooperate with the news media and to maintain an atmosphere of open communication. A positive working relationship with the media is mutually beneficial. To this end, information shall be released to the news media in an impartial, accurate and timely fashion. It shall be the responsibility of each employee to abide by this philosophy of cooperation.