The Public Relations Bureau is commanded by a director who oversees the activities of 11 sworn and non-sworn members. The Bureau comprises the Public Information Office (PIO), Community Programs Section, External and Legislative Affairs Section, and the Pinellas Sheriff’s Police Athletic League (PAL). The Bureau is responsible for a broad range of community-relations functions and contacts to assure a continuous, coordinated response to the community as well as to educate the public on agency programs, services, and events. The Bureau works diligently to establish a close tie with the community and maintain effective communication between the agency and the public. The Bureau also maintains professional affiliations with local service organizations.
The Public Information Office serves as the agency liaison to the news media. The PIO is responsible for engagement with members of the press and the dissemination of agency information in an accurate and timely fashion via press conferences, news releases, response to media public records requests, and social media. The PIO works to establish a positive, professional relationship between the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and various local and national media outlets in addition to independent production companies in an effort to keep the public informed. The members of the Public Information Office are also responsible for the coordination of various events such as award, promotion, and swearing-in ceremonies, the Law Enforcement Torch Run, and other special events throughout the year.
The Community Programs Section is responsible for most external agency programs in which members of the general public can participate. The Community Programs Section manages the Sheriff’s Citizens Academy, the Sheriff’s Citizens Academy Alumni Association, the Sheriff’s Teen Citizens Academy, the Sheriff’s Advisory Board, the Volunteers in Partnership program, and the Internship program. In addition to the external programs, the Community Programs Section is also responsible for  processing, vetting, and coordinating speaker/asset requests from external sources as well as assisting with any special events.
The External and Legislative Affairs Section actively monitors state and federal legislative activity that may have an impact on the agency and law enforcement in general, serves as liaison to community organizations and partnerships, and attends events on behalf of the sheriff. Additionally, the External and Legislative Affairs Section is responsible for updating and maintaining the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office external and internal websites, social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and agency literature such as Inside the Star, a biweekly electronic newsletter, and The Star, a quarterly print magazine, and various letters from the sheriff.
The External and Legislative Affairs Section also creates materials such as rack cards, flyers, brochures, and poster boards to showcase our programs, services, and events.
Public Information Office - Our public information office works directly with the media to provide information and background related to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Reach Public Information Office by calling:
Community Programs, Speakers, and Asset Requests - Individuals interested in learning more about the Sheriff's Office and Groups in the community seeking speakers on public safety topics or PCSO participation in community events can learn more by calling:
727-582-6612

 

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