Communicate for success: A one-day course for public safety employees


Protests in Missouri, Cleveland, Baltimore.

Five officers in Dallas killed simply because they wear a uniform and badge.

“These are unprecedented times,” said Ret. Anaheim PD Capt. Joe Vargas. “Crime is down. Police agencies, especially in Southern California, are more talented, professional and diverse than ever. But instead of celebrating our successes, small but loud groups of people are having success rallying against us. As the incident in Dallas showed, the consequences of negative politics and publicity can be deadly.”

Vargas, Orange County prosecutor Tracy Miller and Publisher Bill Rams will lead a discussion at Golden West College in Huntington Beach Aug. 3 focused on how police agencies and police officers can help turn the tide while enhancing their careers and the reputations of their agencies.

The interactive, eight-hour session is open to public safety employees and will include an In-N-Out-catered lunch truck.

The course also will focus on helping police employees communicate more effectively as they seek promotion, make public presentations and/or engage in social media in their personal lives.

A small sampling of the discussion points and exercises:

–    A crowd armed with cell phones gathers as an officer arrests a non-compliant suspect in a public place. What can you do to ensure you’re not the next YouTube sensation?

–    Complaints about an officer racially profiling a well-known personality are going viral. The recording of the contact tells a different story. What are your options?

–    You are approached by a TV news camera person or an angry resident with cell phone camera (is there really a difference anymore?) at a critical incident. What should you do?

–    Boston PD earned international acclaim for media and social media relations following the tragic Boston Marathon bombing. What can we learn from BPD?

For more information or to RSVP, contact Tracy Miller at For more, click here: Communicate For Success

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