Sgt. Mike Carlson
Public Information Officer
41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 100
Dunwoody, GA 30346
Public Information Office
The Dunwoody Police Department has the obligation to report on its activities to the public it serves. In doing so, it maintains the public's trust, cooperation and support. The release of information is handled in manner so as to respect the public’s right to know and protect the confidentiality and privacy of the parties involved. Additionally, due diligence is paid so as to protect ongoing police investigations so that a potential criminal prosecution is not jeopardized.
It is important to the Dunwoody Police Department that the public is aware of how the Department functions, the police role, how the community can work in partnership with the police, and, has access to information about the occurrence of crime - who, what, where, when, why, and how. Typically, this is accomplished through the news media. Use of the media is a valuable resource to help keep the public informed. As a result, it is essential that the Department maintain a working relationship with the media to promote communication.
The Public Information Officer (PIO) position provides more direct access to the Department and police-related information to inform and educate the public. The position of PIO exists to provide a chief spokesperson for the Department on a consistent basis. The PIO reports directly to the Chief of Police and coordinates response to media inquiries, provides information about crime incidents, the Department, its functions, policies and procedures, programs, services, and related events.
It is the PIO's responsibility to:
- Maintain contact with local media and provide information in accordance with law and Departmental policy through conducting news conferences, interviews, preparing press releases, etc...
- Maintain a close working relationship with heads of various Department operational units, (e.g. Patrol Division, Criminal Investigative Division, etc...)
- Work closely with the Chief of Police and others to promote the image of the Department.