Law enforcement PIOs might not be helpful to journalism

From DodgertonSkillhause on Morguefile

If you’ve ever been on the police beat, you’ve likely worked with a police department that has a public information officer (PIO). More and more departments are getting PIOs, particularly in larger communities. A PIO can be helpful to journalists, creating a single point of contact for the department, but a series of studies from the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) suggests PIOs might do more harm than good, making it more difficult to get access to interviews and information.

Based on the results of the surveys, SPJ and Poynter also have suggestions for how journalists can work with PIOs to get as close to the stories as possible.

You can read more about it here.