Public Information Officer

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The Longport Police Department has the obligation to report on its activities to the public it serves. In doing so, it maintains the public's trust, cooperation and support. The release of information is handled in manner so as to respect the public’s right to know and protect the confidentiality and privacy of the parties involved. Additionally, due diligence is paid so as to protect ongoing police investigations so that a potential criminal prosecution is not jeopardized.

It is important to the Longport Police Department that the public is aware of how the Department functions, the police role, how the community can work in partnership with the police, and has access to information about the occurrence of crime — who, what, where, when, why, and how. Typically, this is accomplished through the news media which has proven to be a valuable resource in keeping the public informed. As a result, it is essential that the Longport Police Department maintains a positive working relationship with the media to promote effective communication.

The Public Information Officer position was established to improve the Department's response to matters of public interest. It functions to provide more direct access to the Department and police-related information to inform and educate the public. The position of Public Information Officer (PIO) exists to provide a chief spokesperson for the Department on a consistent basis. The PIO reports directly to the Chief of Police and coordinates response to media inquiries, provides information about crime incidents, the Department, its functions, policies and procedures, programs, services, and related events.

Responsibilities of the Public Information Officer

For inquiries, please contact the Public Information Officer.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Ray Burgan Public Information Officer (609) 822-2141