Effective media relations are a must in the 21st century. A law enforcement agency that wants to connect with its citizens, but omits media relations from the equation, is damaging its ability to effectively serve the citizens.
Law Enforcement, such as the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, and the media need each other. Those that work in Law Enforcement know that most people form their impression of the justice system through media accounts, as it is the media that report on crime and many disasters.
Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper has created a model community policing agency emphasizing good media relations. Sheriff Skipper understands that citizens form opinions based on what they see, hear, and read, which is why media relations is just as important as the most successful crime prevention initiative.
To that end (in an effort to enhance community awareness) the Anderson County Sheriff's Office has appointed Public Information Officers to be the “informational liaisons” to the community. These Public Information Officers routinely field questions, and provide timely information to the various media outlets serving Anderson County. These outlets include radio, television, print, as well as “on-line” media.
In addition, other forms of communicating information to the community is also employed, such as popular social media outlets including Twitter®, Facebook®, Youtube®, and others.
For further information contact the Anderson County Sheriff's Department Office of Public Information. This website is maintained by the Emergency Services Division in conjunction with the Anderson County Sheriff's Public Information Office. Question or problems about the website can be addressed to our webmaster.