Media Relations Policy
Requests for information and/or interviews on non-breaking news stories should be made through the Media Information Bureau.
All members of the Sheriff's Department are encouraged to cooperate fully with authorized news media in providing information to the public about the affairs of the department in which the public has a legitimate interest.
The Media Information Bureau is the conduit for dissemination of information and provides a department-wide resource for the various commands. The Media Information Bureau is also tasked with the dissemination of news media regarding incidents, significant crimes, or other noteworthy events.
Information that MAY be released:
Most department information, which is not confidential or which would not hamper an investigation or jeopardize the rights of anyone. This includes basic information about a crime or an arrest and any information that might result in public assistance in an investigation.
Information that MAY NOT be released:
Statements or confessions made by a suspect; results of any test taken by a suspect; the names of juveniles arrested or listed as suspects in a crime report; information from child abuse reports; the name and addresses of victims of sex crimes or hate crimes; "rap sheets" or information obtained from rap sheets.
Disasters (earthquakes, flooding, etc.) And scenes of civil disobedience may be closed to the public pursuant to California Penal Code 409.5 P.C.; however, news media representatives are exempt from this restriction.
As soon as a disaster has been identified and secured, authorized media shall be permitted free access to the area after being advised of any existing danger. They may not interfere with law enforcement or public safety functions.
Crime scenes are closed to the public and the media until any preservation and processing of evidence has been completed. 409.5 P.C. does not apply to crime scenes.
News media personnel have no right of access to private property greater than the general public and are subject to public access restrictions imposed by the owner or person in charge when a critical incident occurs on private property.
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