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Effective Police Management of the Media

NCJ Number
Criminal Justice Studies Volume: 24 Issue: 3 Dated: September 2011 Pages: 241-253
Brian F. Kingshott
Date Published
September 2011
13 pages
This article examines the relationship between the media and the police.
The adoption of the community policing philosophy identifies the need for closer ties to the community by keeping them informed of their police department's actions and strategies. The major conduit for this information is not the new departmental Web site but by the media; radio, television, and newsprint. That places a responsibility on the police (and other law enforcement agencies) to establish a police-media relationship based upon mutual respect and trust. This paper examines the roles of the media and the police in serious incident investigations and questions whether the police-media relationship could be improved by training. (Published Abstract)