Thursday, February 02,2023 03:11 AM


The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responsible for all dissemination of news and information to the media and the public. The duties and responsibilities of the P.I.O. include:

  • Assisting news personnel at the scene of incidents
  • Assisting the news media on an on-call basis
  • Preparing and distributing news releases
  • Preparing and distributing news releases
  • Coordinating the release of authorized information

Public information officers (PIOs) keep citizens informed about the activities of agency he/she works for. PIOs may be spokespersons, or they may serve as advisers to those who will appear on camera. We perform media and public relations duties for, in our case, the Newark Police Department, its police director and police chief.


Public information officers serve as a liaison between their government agency and the media. We write news releases, plan news conferences and respond to inquiries from the media. We escort reporters/photographers who come to a government facility for interviews or photographs. PIOs are expected to maintain an archive of news clippings about the agency. We also respond to open records requests submitted by reporters.


In addition to facilitating and generating media stories, PIOs keep the public informed through direct communication. We prepare printed and electronic newsletters, brochures and posters and write/place articles for print media, radio and/or television. We also answer phone calls from citizens and, in conjunction with the mayor’s PIO, operate government access channels on cable television.