News Media and the Police 1.0

News Media and the Police 1.0 

Law enforcement officers are in a high profile occupation. Whether you are writing a traffic ticket, responding to a domestic violence call, or sitting in a parking lot writing a report, you are constantly in the public eye. The public image of law enforcement is as varied as the communities and number of residents we serve. This course is designed for officers with and without the responsibility of dealing directly with the news media. We must all remember, the public’s perceptions are shaped in large part by the good, the bad, and the ugly interactions we have with the media. During this presentation, you will learn practical and useful tips on how to better manage your potential vulnerabilities when dealing with the news media.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training


This class has been accredited by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for 1.00 hours of mandatory continuing education credit. Regarding any law enforcement concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices as might be taught, promoted, or otherwise espoused in outside schools or seminars, there is no intent, expressed or implied, that ‘accreditation’ indicates or in any way conveys ‘CLEET approval’ of such concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices, unless such approval is explicitly stated by CLEET.

Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training


Relias Learning is a continuing education sponsor as approved by the Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. This course News Media and the Police 1.0, 10397-0133 has been approved by the POST Board for continuing education credit. Peace officers who successfully complete this course will receive 1.00 hours of continuing education.

The sponsor of this course has a written policy for the investigation and resolution of allegations of classroom discrimination. This policy applies to all faculty, instructors, administrative staff, and students. A copy of the policy may be obtained from the sponsor by contacting Relias Support by phone at 1-800-381-2321.

Indiana Law Enforcement Academy


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-NMP
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2021
Learning Objectives:
Recognize the obligations of law enforcement to keep the public and taxpayers informed
Speak to the responsibilities of both the news media and law enforcement
Highlight the history of the current perspective of law enforcement in dealing with the media
Define the importance of Sheppard v. Maxwell as a precedence setting case
Facilitate the effective development of an agency news media policy and procedure
Select ways of managing the news media from both a to-do, and not-to-do list

News Media and the Police Viewing this Course Course Instructions Fraud Warning Section 1: Introduction A. OSS - Law Enforcement Advisors® B. About This Course C. Learning Objectives Section 2: Getting Started A. A Question … B. Your Response … C. Planning a Press Conference D. The Simple Facts E. Who Are The Press F. The Press as Individuals G. The Press as Individuals H. An Interesting Fact I. Getting Started Section 3: Events in History A. U.S. Constitution – 1st Amendment and The Press B. U.S. Constitution – 1st Amendment and The Press C. Sheppard v. Maxwell D. Sheppard v. Maxwell E. 1960’s Race Demonstrations and Riots F. 1960’s Anti-Vietnam War Demonstrations G. 1968 Democratic Party Convention H. 1968 Democratic Party Convention I. The Future of News Media J. An Interesting Fact K. Events in History Section 4: News Media Policies and Procedures A. The Foundation B. 1st and 6th Amendments C. A Contradiction? D. News Media Policy Guidelines E. The Public Information Officer F. PIO and Earning the Public’s Trust G. PIO and Social Media H. An Interesting Set of Facts I. News Media Policies and Procedures Section 5: Managing the Media A. Managing Media Access B. Managing the Media C. Access to the Crime Scene D. Hazardous Areas E. Press Passes F. Photographs G. Favoritism and The Press Release H. Communicating with the Media I. Communicating with the Media (continued) J. Coming to a Resolution K. Planning a Press Conference L. Managing the Media Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Summary (continued) C. References D. Congratulations

Instructor: David Lee Salmon II, BS
David Lee Salmon has a BS in Criminal Justice from San Houston State University, Texas. David's background includes being a Law Enforcement and Jail Risk Manager, as well as having served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence. He currently is the OSS Academy Training Coordinator, based in Texas, providing Law Enforcement and Corrections staff with online training. David also serves as the Vice-President of the OSS Law Enforcement Advisors, which provides risk management services, expert witness services, training programs, and law enforcement management tools. Disclosure: David Lee Salmon II, BS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level Law Enforcement.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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