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Officer/Media Training for Police and Fire Service

Hours: 16
Tuition: $295.00

Chiefs/Sheriffs, Command Officers, or individuals assigned to Media Relations and PIO duties attending this 2-day, 16-hour program will gain practical experience in preparing for and delivery of departmental information at media events/press interviews. Through the use of the College of DuPage , Homeland Security Education Center's Immersive street lab, location interviews and press releases will be conducted on a variety of incidents i.e. natural disaster, terrorist acts. major crimes. Students will also gain valuable experience interacting with Chicagoland TV and print journals.

Topics covered include:

  • Development of Media Policies
  • NIMS/ICS Considerations
  • NIMS Public Information Systems
  • Media Relations
  • Pre-Planning interviews
  • What is news?
  • Crisis Communications
  • Freedom of Information Act/Illinois Open Records Act
  • Media Traps
  • Challenges of Television News
  • Interviews Bridging
  • New Media (Internet)
  • Social Media/Messages/Technology
  • Rules of Professional Conduct
  • What reporters want to know in a crisis
  • Changing details in a crisis/getting out good news
  • Holding reporters accountable
  • Importance of knowing your media market

**Cancellations for this class must be received by SLEA 35 days prior to the start of the program in order to avoid being billed!**

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Jim Kempinski
Program Manager

Voice: (630) 942-2939

Trisha Augustyn
Administrative Assistant

Voice: (630) 942-2295

General Information

Voice: (630) 942-2677
Fax: (630) 942-3766


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