Basic Public Information Officer (PIO)

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Topics Covered:

  • Learn how to write a media release and manage interviews
  • Participate in video conferences and on-camera briefings
  • Identify public relations opportunities in your community
  • Prepare for crisis or disaster using the National Incident Management System
  • Practice skills in real-life scenarios
  • Evaluate success of public information campaigns

Who Should Attend:

  • Potential, recently assigned, or existing PIO's
  • Administrative Executives involved in public information duties
  • All public safety personnel tasked with the collection, dissemination, and/or oversight of public information for their department and/or organization

Course Hours:

Participants receive 30 hours of TCOLE (6038) credit.

Program Links:

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Date/Time:

Oct 09 - 11, 2017

Class begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The program involves working lunches (lunch is provided).

Course Cost:

$195 per person for Texas Law Enforcement Officers
$250 per person for other personnel

Location Information:

Sam Houston State University-The Woodlands Center
3380 College Park Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77384

Hotel Information: *

Candlewood Suites
17525 St. Luke's Way
The Woodlands, TX 77384
936-271-2100
Reference Code: BPIO
Rate: $99.00 plus tax

* Unless otherwise noted, hotel arrangements are the responsibility of the participant.


The Basic Public Information Officer (PIO) course is available to all public safety personnel involved in the collection, dissemination, and oversight of public information for their department and/or organization. The program addresses common issues facing the public safety sector and the media and focuses on equipping PIO's with the "tools of the trade" for normal operations, as well as during community crises or large-scale disasters. This program uses hands-on exercises to develop skills based on various media scenarios, situational analysis, and impromptu "on camera" takes and debriefings and provides essential tools necessary to perform the duties of a PIO. The course also features information regarding social media resources, as well as the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and debriefings.

For more information, contact:

Yvette Shorten, Program Coordinator
Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Building
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77341-2417
Fax: (936) 294-3926
Phone: (936) 294-3851
Phone: 800-477-9248
wys001@shsu.edu

Cancellation Policy:

If the participant has already paid, he/she will be refunded half the cost of the registration fee if notice of cancellation is received by the Program Coordinator no later than seven (7) business days prior to the program. No refunds are available after this date, but substitutions of attendees are permitted.

If no written cancellation is received and the participant does not attend the program, the participant or their agency will be required to pay 100% of the registration fee if the registration fee was not previously paid.