The Public Information Office is the section of the Sheriff’s Office responsible for communicating information to the public, particularly during incidents. The PIO disseminates information of general and newsworthy interest to the general public, public officials and news media. It is the responsibility of the PIO to stay abreast of all notable events and criminal cases. The PIO is responsible for media releases and to insure that media requests are reviewed and handled appropriately. The Public Information Office is the lead spokesperson and main media contact for information on Sheriff’s Office activities. The Public Information Unit acts as public records custodian of non-law enforcement related records to insure transparency of all administrative documents including the budget.
Road Patrol Commanders and the Communications Unit are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to forward media inquiries concerning the Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement activities to the PIO.
The Public Information Officer may set up interviews with other members of the Sheriff’s Office staff upon request, dependent on availability. The PIO can be reached at 850-745-7112.
The Public Information Unit believes in building cooperative partnerships with the public and news media.