-By Ken Hilte-
Oklahoma City, North Hollywood Bank Robbery, Columbine, Paducah, Waco, Heaven's Gate, the Texas Seven.Public Information Officers (PIO's) employed by law enforcement agencies across the country recognize those places as being synonymous with the media mega-event; that event which brings media attention not only from your local media community, but that of the neighboring communities, the state, the nation and in some cases, international attention.At best, you may anticipate 16-20 hour days, for multiple days, weeks, or even longer.
How does one possibly prepare for the mega-event?What arrangements can the law enforcement professional make ahead of time in preparation for the dreaded day?What can the PIO expect from the media?
...Lieutenant Ken Hilte, a 17 year veteran of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office in Colorado Springs, is currently serving as a Patrol Watch Commander.He
recently completed a two year assignment as the agency's Public Information Officer.Lieutenant Hilte is also a part-time instructor at Pikes Peak Community College
.He has a Masters Degree in Management from Troy State University and has been previously published in Sheriff, American Jails, and Wisconsin Counties, Inc.He
can be reached at (719)520-7161 or via e-mail at KennithHilte@elpaso.co.com.
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