Media Relations for Law Enforcement

Gain practical experience in the preparation and delivery of departmental information to the public through both traditional and social media. Topics discussed include development of departmental media policies, pretrial publicity rules and restrictions, structure and function of news organizations, preparing for and conducting media interviews and press conferences, and crisis communications. Learn how to communicate through the media on topics such as major crimes, natural disasters, and terrorist acts.

Topics Include

  • Development of departmental media policies
  • Pretrial publicity rules and restrictions
  • Structure and function of news organizations
  • Preparing for and conducting media interviews and press conferences
  • Crisis communications 

Instructor Bio

Ross Rice completed a distinguished career as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in December 2012. He spent nearly 20 years investigating a wide variety of criminal cases, primarily from the Orland Park and Tinley Park offices. From 1999 to 2011, he served as director and spokesman of Public Affairs for the FBI's Chicago office. As spokesman, Rice handled media inquiries and responses on several highly publicized cases, including the indictment and trial of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, the "Family Secrets"  organized crime investigation, the arrest and trial of then Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and several international terrorism investigations. In addition, he helped manage the Community Outreach program and launched a Citizens Academy class. Rice also served as office liaison to the Illinois Congressional Delegation. He has provided instruction on media relations to FBI executives, the FBI National Academy, the Illinois State Police and the Chicago Police Department. He also serves as a safety and
security consultant for CBS News in Chicago and does private media consulting.

Date and Time

Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17 and 18, 2022
8 a.m to 4 p.m.
16 hr, $225
Naperville Center, 1223 Rickert Rd., Naperville, Room 21

2023 Date

Thursday and Friday, May 18 and 19, 2023
8 a.m to 4 p.m.
16 hr, $225
Naperville Center, 1223 Rickert Rd., Naperville, Room 21

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