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VCPI Media Relations Training

Dublin, VA | May 16, 2017 | Other Training Opportunities

This one-day course for law enforcement professionals is designed to build a solid foundation for working effectively with the media—as partners—in their communities.

Participants will explore a variety of topics, including:

  • Conducting an effective media interview
  • Making their message count
  • Staging the media on-scene
  • Involving the media in community meetings, programs, and events
  • Handling media FOIAs
  • Understanding social media and its impact on today's policing and hiring practices

Participants will also learn first-hand the crisis communications strategies employed during the Virginia Tech massacre and other significant criminal incidents in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This interactive course concludes with participants putting their new skills to the test in mock interview / press conference exercises.

New River Criminal Justice Academy
Dublin, VA

$125; Participants are responsible for travel, lodging and meals.

Register by April 28, 2017. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. (Scroll down the list of available trainings to find "Media Relations - May 16, 2017".)


The course instructor is Corinne Geller, the Public Relations Manager for the Virginia State Police. As a member of the Superintendent's Office, she oversees the statewide public/media relations program for the Department. She coordinates with the state police's seven sworn Public Information Officers assigned around the state and manages two Public Relations Coordinators at the administrative headquarters in Richmond, VA. She conducts all media relations training for State Police personnel and serves as a media relations instructor for law enforcement and public safety officials throughout Virginia.

This course is presented through the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) —