IACP PIO Section Midyear Conference


IACP PIO Section Midyear Conference

May 24 — 26


The IACP Public Information Officers (PIO) Midyear conference brings together public information officers from across the globe to deep-dive into new information-sharing efforts, best practices, case studies and more. With 20 hours of training, attendees will walk away with new and advanced knowledge about how to communicate with their communities and engage with residents in new and exciting ways. From on-the-spot video editing training, to learning more about cases that made headlines over the last year, this midyear conference is one you won’t want to miss.

Midyear Conference Dates: 

May 24, 2021 - May 26,2021



All meetings will be held at AT&T Stadium (1 AT&T Way, Arlington, TX 76011). Upon arrival, please enter the stadium through Entrance A (across from Walmart).

Educational Program

May 24, 2021

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Registration – AT&T Stadium, Entrance K
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony and Welcoming Address
Arlington, Texas, Police Department Honor Guard
Al Jones, Chief of Police, Arlington, Texas, Police Department
Katie Nelson, Chair, IACP Public Information Officers Section
9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Showing Your Story: Visually Composing Your Agency’s Message
Zhivonni Cook, Officer, Mansfield, Texas, Police Department
Christopher Cook, Deputy Police Chief, Arlington, Texas, Police Department
Carissa Katekaru, Public Safety PIO, North Richland Hills, Texas, Police Department
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Managing Misinformation in Social Media
Sarah Boyd, Public Relations Specialist, Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Safety on Social Media for Officers and Their Families
Kate Kimble, Public Relations Manager, Fort Collins, Colorado, Police Services
2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Networking Break
2:15 – 3:30 p.m. TBA
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Social Media Etiquette and Ethics
Chelsea Kretz, Public Information Officer, Grand Prairie, Texas, Police Department
Gregory Smith, Director, Institute for Law Enforcement Administration

May 25, 2021

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Chiefs Panel: Why Strategic Communications and the Role of the PIO are More Important Than Ever
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Networking Break
9:15 – 10:45 a.m. Case Study: Jussie Smollett Case
Anthony Guglielmi, Spokesman, Fairfax County, Virginia, Police Department
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Case Study: Jussie Smollett Case
Anthony Guglielmi, Spokesman, Fairfax County, Virginia, Police Department
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. TBD
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Networking Break
2:45 – 4:00 p.m. On-Camera and On Fire: Training to Keep You Ready When a Crisis Strikes
Various Public Information Officers Section Instructors
4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Public Information Officers Section Business Meeting

May 26, 2021

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Managing Critical Incidents for a Statewide Law Enforcement Agency
Nelly Miles, Public Affairs Director, Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Natalie Ammons, Public Affairs Deputy Director, Georgia Bureau of Investigation
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Networking Break
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Clinton Correction Escape 2015: The Do’s and Don’t’s of Dannemora
Kristen Lowman, New York State Police
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Roundtable Discussion: Current Struggles and Future Planning for the PIO
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Closing

Registration Rates


  • IACP Public Information Officer Section Member $125
  • IACP Member (non-Section Member) $150
  • Non-Member $250


Hotel Information

There will not be a host hotel for this event. We suggest making a reservation at the following hotels near the meeting venue. The last day to book a room will be Tuesday, May 4, 2021

  • Courtyard Dallas Arlington/Entertainment District - 1500 Nolan Ryan Expressway Arlington, Texas 76011
    • Call Marriott Reservations at 1(800) 321-2211 or (817) 277-2774 on or before 5:00PM CST, Tuesday, May 4, 2021 or Marriott Hotel Reservation Link

    • Guests should identify themselves as part of the International Association of Chiefs of Police group staying at the Courtyard Dallas Arlington/Entertainment District, located at 1500 Nolan Ryan Expressway, Arlington, TX  76011.

    • All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.

  • Sheraton Arlington Hotel - 1500 Convention Center Drive Arlington, Texas 76011
  • Live! By Loews - Arlington, Texas 
    1600 E. Randol Mill Road Arlington, TX 76011
    • Use this link to make a reservation 
    • Guest may call (888)575-6397 to speak personally with a group reservations agent.

Good morning Becky and Chris. Please see the link for Live! By Loews belowCall In:  Alternatively, guests can call 888-575-6397 to speak personally with a group reservations a

PIO Membership Justification Kit

This document is intended to support understanding of the value of membership to the IACP and the Public Information Officer (PIO) Section to your supervisor or to the decision makers at your agency. Helping your agency leaders understand the value of this section, and of the IACP, will not only benefit you, but also your organization, your communities, and beyond. As a member of the Public Information Officer Section, you quickly learn valuable skills that help build institutional knowledge when it comes to working relationships with media representatives, social media strategies that work for your communities, and hands-on training at annual conferences provides you with immediate skills that you can in turn employ at your agency.

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