IACP PIO Section Midyear Conference

IACP PIO Section Midyear Conference

Cambridge, MA | May 16 — 18


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 16, 2022 - May 18, 2022



77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139 US


All meetings will be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA). 

Educational Program

Schedule of Events

Sunday, May 17, 2022

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Welcome Reception 

Monday, May 16, 2022

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM – Registration

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM – Welcome

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM – Preparing Police Agencies for the Disinformation Era 

Glen Mills, Lieutenant - Burlington Police Department 

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM – Networking Break

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Surviving a Social Media Hack 

Sarah Boyd, Public Relations Manager - Clay County Sheriff's Office 

11:30 AM - 11:40 AM - Sponsor Remarks 

Corinne Clark, Public Relations Manager - Axon 

11:40 AM – 1:00 PM – Lunch (Provided)

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Hostage Taking at Congregation Beth Israel: The PIO Experience 

Dara Nelson, Sergeant - Colleyville Police Department 

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM – Networking Break

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM – Crisis Communications: Internal and External Perspectives 

Yael Bar tur, Senior Social Media Specialist - Sitrick and Company 

Michael Sitrick, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer - Sitrick and Company 

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM – Crisis Communication: MA Critical Incident Standoff: Rise of the Moors 

Meghan Kelly, Chief of Administration and Communication - Middlesex County District Attorney's Office 

Dave Procopio - Massachusetts State Police 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM – When the Boss Wants to Talk About Race and Policing... An Overview of the Michigan State Police Traffic Stop Data Project 

Mike Shaw, First Lieutenant - Michigan State Police 

Shannon Banner, Public Affairs Director - Michigan State Police 

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Social Media and First Amendment Rights and Pitfalls 

Eric Atstupenas, General Counsel - Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association 

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM – Networking Break

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM – Insurrection at the US Capitol 

Dustin Sternbeck, Director of Communications - Metropolitan (DC) Police Department 

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Lunch (Provided)

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM – Releasing Video: When is the Right Time and the Best Way to Make Sure the Media and the Community Sees the Whole Picture

Paris Lewbel, Public Information Officer - Aurora Police Department 

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM – Networking Break

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM – PIO Section Business Meeting

[After Session Event]

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM – Session-Media Training

Katie Brace - WBZ-TV

Todd Kazakiewich - WCVB 

Robert Goulston - Boston 25 

Kelli O'Hara, Former Reporter (CNN, Fox News, CBS News, MSNBC) - Owner of Kelli from Boston 

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM – Networking Break

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM – Roundtable Discussion

11:00 – 11:30 AM – Closing

[After Session Event] 

Registration Rates

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

Registration is now closed. Please email Participate@theIACP.org if you have any questions. 

Hotel Information

The hotel room block is now closed. 

Meeting Health and Safety Protocols

The following guidelines make up the IACP Meeting and Event Safety Protocols, which represent state and local mandated protocols in place during the event. Updates to the below are subject to change. Any changes will be posted and shared with registered attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, & vendors prior to the event.

Before Leaving Home:

·       Follow relevant guidance provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and/or your local health authority.

·       Adhere to government issued travel restrictions and guidance issued by the region you will be traveling to and the region from which you are traveling.

·       Consider taking a COVID-19 test within 72-hours of your departure regardless of vaccination status.

·       Stay home if you feel sick, test positive for COVID-19, are awaiting COVID-19 test results or have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

On-site During the Event:

·       Follow guidance from the local health authority for everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses including:

·       Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

·       Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

·       Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Throw used tissues in the trash.

·       Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

·       Face mask protocol will follow local guidance at the time of the event. Face masks should cover your face from the bridge of your nose to past your chin.

·       Notify someone at registration at any time if you feel unwell or are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Adherence to on-site guidelines in place at the time of the event is required. Anyone not adhering to the guidelines will be asked to leave, or removed from, the event premises and to surrender his/her event badge and will forfeit their registration fees.


Based on current contact tracing advice from many health authorities, if you test positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days after returning home, please contact the meeting/event organizer to advise them at inform@theiacp.org.

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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