The Public Information Officer (PIO) is the primary point of contact for the media and is responsible for the release of newsworthy information regarding arrests, investigations, major incidents, crime statistics, etc. The PIO acts as the police department’s spokesperson and conducts most of the television, radio and newspaper interviews.
The current PIO is Officer James McLellan who has been with the department since 1993. He began his career as a Public Service Officer until 1997 at which time he was sworn in as a Police Officer. He worked as a patrol officer until 2004 and was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division. While there, he worked as the legal liaison and as a detective in the General Assignments, Burglary and Financial Crimes sections. In 2014, he was transferred to the Community Services Division to become the department’s Public Information Officer.