Iowa Law Enforcement Academy

Course Descriptions

Media Relations Courses

These courses, presented by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, will provide law enforcement personnel with important information needed to enhance media relations in their area. Attendees will be provided with instruction on how to foster a positive relationship with the media. Instruction will include law enforcement's responsibility for release of information under Iowa's Open Records law and related legal aspects. Attendees will be provided insight on how to work with the media during major incidents to include: AMBER Alerts, hostage situations and accident scenes. Attendees will also be provided with tips on writing effective press releases and how to conduct press briefings. This workshop will include a practical exercise which will include a member of the media from the Des Moines area.