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R2 PIO and Community Engagement

June 6, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Course Number:    R2-111D

Description:  PIO and Community Engagement  

The communication gap between law enforcement agencies and the public creates tensions which can cause local incidents to make the national news.  Decades in the making, compounded by legal process and policies, this gap reduces a department’s effectiveness at serving its community and enforcing its laws. But it’s not too late for agencies to take steps toward improving those relationships.

This course provides a fresh look at Community Engagement and the role of public communication within a law enforcement environment. Recent examples show the impact of ineffective policies and practices on public safety, its personnel, and the community.  Built upon historically valid principles and techniques, this course provides proven directions for agencies wishing to improve their interaction with the public.

Course Objectives:
• Identify and create meaningful, message-oriented communication strategies for traditional and social media platforms.

• Confidently represent your agency as a spokesperson using a message-based communication technique.
• Identify Message Targets
• Learn to write a solid press release
• Increase confidence during on-camera interviews.
• Develop positive community engagement strategies
• Respond to negative community engagement successfully.
• Gain a basic understanding of social media and its uses for community engagement.


Dates:          June 6 – 7, 2022        Time:     0800-1700

Credit Hours:     16


Nampa Police Department
Hugh Nichols Public Safety Building
820 2nd Street South
Nampa, Idaho  83651


Cost:        $475.00       Payable to:  Police Technical
(Meals, travel, and/or lodging are the responsibility of the participant)


Instructors:   Sara Spaulding

POST Coordinator:  Jeff Sklar

Registration:  e-mail Jason Cantrell or call  208-761-9182

Remarks:  For additional information regarding this training or the training venue,  email Jason Cantrell at or call 208-761-9182


June 6, 2022
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Nampa Police Department


Nampa Police Department
820 2nd Street South
Nampa, ID 83651 United States
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