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Monday, June 13, 2016 at 8:00 AM EDT
Friday, June 17, 2016 at 5:00 PM EDT

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Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute 
9601 NW 58th Street
Miami, FL 33178

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 Bianchi C. Gonzalez
Miami Dade Police Department                       Specialized Training Unit 



Due to rising cost and expenses generated by students who register for our courses and do not attend without notification, it has become necessary to institute the following policy:
In order to qualify for a full refund, students (or their employing agencies) must cancel no less than two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Cancellations must be received via e-mail, and/or fax to the attention of the course coordinator. A confirmation of receipt and a cancellation number must be obtained from the coordinator. No claims will be accepted unless the aforementioned is adhered to. Cancellations made within the two week time period are subject to a $100 fee. Substitutions of students may be made at any time. Please call us immediately if you have any questions.



Public Information Officer 2016

This course has been designed for law enforcement and public safety personnel, public information officers, and others who represent their departments to the news media. 

Students in this dynamic seminar will be exposed to:

 Media relations functions and the role of a public information officer

 Florida’s Public Records Law

 On camera interviews and mock scenarios

 Crisis management and critical interviews

 Writing skills for public information officers

 Social media strategies

 Press release and press conference preparation

 Visit to fully operational news studio

 Personal critiques and panel discussion

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear and learn from  industry experts and experienced public information professionals!


Guest Instructors


  With more than 30 years’ experience, JudyPal has served in management positions for public safety, government, and the professional sports and entertainment industry in both Canada and the U.S. Prior to joining FBI-LEEDA, she was Chief of Staff with the Baltimore Police Department.  Previously, she served as Operations Director with an international police consulting company; Chief of Staff with the Milwaukee Police Department; and served on the command staffs of the Atlanta Police Department, Savannah Chatham Metro Police Department and Halifax Regional Police in Canada. 

Pal is a past president of the National Information Officers Association. She has served as an adjunct professor as well as being an instructor with the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration in Plano, Texas. Pal earned her Certificate in Police Leadership from Dalhousie University, and will graduate with her master’s in public relations in the spring. 


 Eric Kowalczyk spent more than a decade with the Baltimore Police Department, the last few as head of the public communications section. He served as the primary department spokesperson during numerous critical incidents including the protests and rioting that ensued after the death of Freddie Gray. Handling local, national, and international media, Eric focused on transparency and accountability to connect with an already distrustful public. He focused on working to define the role of the police department without further escalating tensions. 

Today, Eric specializes in strategic planning, communications and crisis mitigation planning and social media management. He has developed a reputation of being dynamic thinker, drawing on a diverse set of skills to quickly identify problems and develop innovative solutions and long-term prevention strategies. 

Mike Jachles

Mike Jachles joined the Public Information Office in 2006 after 14 years as a video journalist at WTVJ, the NBC owned TV station in South Florida. He brings an extensive background to the Broward Sheriff’s Office where he serves as the primary PIO for the Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services. Prior to moving to Florida in 1992, Mike was the Assistant Fire Chief with the Jamesville, NY Fire Department, where he served for seven years starting out as a firefighter/trauma medic. He has been an active Emergency Medical Technician since 1981 and is also an auxiliary Florida Highway Patrol Trooper. Mike has earned both the George Foster Peabody and the Alfred I. DuPont awards given in broadcasting. He has also won numerous local, state and national press awards. He received a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the State University of New York-Empire State College.

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