Police Situations (public announcement to the press)
Unfortunately, many police officers, administrators, and police chiefs view news reporters with distrust. Just as the police have a mission to accomplish, so do the media. The Constitution prohibits laws to be passed by the federal and state governments of any law that abridges the freedom of the press. The media call this the people's right to know (Wallace & Roberson, 2009). Police officers have always had an issue with the media because they believe that reporters take stories that involve them and are always inclined to over elevate such stories. This action from the media in return generates many issues and non-communication between the two. It causes major conflicts, especially when law enforce have a desire to keep information confidential.
Within the different positions in the law enforcement, there is a necessity to obtain the trust of the community, especially for those in the position as a police officer. It is imperative for police officers to know and how to use a variety of interpersonal skills so that they can communicate with community relations and working fellow officers. When there are safety concerns for the community, the police department issues a public announcement. There are four components involved with public announcements, newspaper, radio, television and public affairs officer (PAO). There is a shared level of responsibility of informing the public about events that possibly could affect the community. When it comes to notifying the community with a public safety announcement, the public affairs officer is appointed to speak in a manner that is assertive for the police department, as well as make sure that the community is safe. Most public affairs officers who will make a great candidate are top-level administrator with above and beyond communication skills (Wallace & Roberson, 2009). When addressing the public through media, verbal communication is the preferred method.