Submitted by: Police Professional Standards Ethics and Image Committee and the Public InformationOfficers’ Section
Cosponsored by: Police Administration Committee
WHEREAS, historically, the role of the public information officer has evolved beyond basic information sharing to become a vital segment of connectivity between law enforcement and communities, media representatives, and local stakeholders; and
WHEREAS, the public information officer role requires those who serve in this capacity to be well-versed in law enforcement practices and procedures, including legal standards and requirements, the nuances of department functions, and the roles agencies play within their respective jurisdictions; and
WHEREAS, the role of the public information officer has expanded to include agency efforts with branding, image, information sharing, community engagement, recruitment, and risk management; and
WHEREAS, the public information officer also serves as a conduit for community members to learn and better connect with their police agencies; and
WHEREAS, the elimination of this position or the placement of this position outside of a police agency or department will hinder a community’s ability to receive information on police incidents or police work in its totality or be better connected to those who serve them; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) hereby supports and endorses the continued efforts of those who serve as law enforcement-specific public information officers and their essential importance in the operational strategies and functions of law enforcement and the deliveries of police services to the communities they serve.