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Getting in front of the story: Media relations best practices for LE

Building relationships with the media ahead of major incidents helps LE agencies share their narrative

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In this episode of LEO Round Table, host Chip DeBlock asked his guests to share media relations and social media best practices for LE agencies.

“Key to successful media relations from a law enforcement perspective is building relationships,” says guest Joe Durkin, who served as the PIO for the Tampa (Florida) Police Department. “The most important thing to do is be accessible and available.”


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