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Public Information Officer
The Public Information Officer (PIO) serves as the official spokesperson for the Police Department, and handles all requests for information from both the media and the public.  The following is a list of some duties that the PIO is responsible for:

  • Handles the daily requests from the media about events concerning the Gainesville Police Department, and incidents being investigated.
  • Serves as a liaison and refers members of the media to appropriate members of the agency for interview requests.
  • Conducts the majority of television and radio interviews regarding Gainesville Police Department issues.
  • Provides community and day care notification of sexual predators who reside the City of Gainesville.
  • Responds to major crime scenes to handle media requests and manage media access to those scenes.
  • Assists and coordinates all press conferences initiated by the Department.
  • Manages the Department's Social Media (Facebook / Twitter)
  • Serves as the Gainesville Police Department representative to Crime Stoppers.

The PIO function at the Gainesville Police Department is an ever changing position with the main goal of promoting the positive image of the Gainesville Police Department to the citizens of Gainesville.

If there are any questions you might have regarding the PIO position or other related information about the Police Department please contact:

Public Information Officer
Officer Ben Tobias
Phone: (352) 393-7525


GPD Press Kit

GPD_1417102 and 1417076.pdf