The Office of Public Affairs ensures the appropriate release of information to the news media in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act and departmental policies. The release of information is handled in a manner so as to respect the public's right to know and protect ongoing police investigations so that a potential criminal prosecution is not jeopardized. The Office of Public Affairs also serves to assist at the scene of any major incident, handling media activities on site.
The Office of Public Affairs is also responsible for providing information about crime statistics, the Department, its functions, policies and procedures, Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Watch programs, services, and related events. In addition, the this Office facilitates community outreach programs and works with corporate partners implementing new programs.
The Office of Public Affairs is a local sponsor of high school and college interns providing students with invaluable hands-on experience which will help them with their college and career choices. This division paticipates in Fairfield Triad and coordinates with local and state agencies the protective services for senior citizens involving suspected abuse, financial fraud, scams and neglect.
Chief of Police, Gary MacNamara, recognizes that an important and essential building block of a police agency is open communication with the public it serves. Chief MacNamara firmly believes this will ensure the confidence, respect and trust of the citizens of Fairfield.
Press Releases -The Office is the principal point of contact for the Fairfield Police Department with the news media. It is responsible for ensuring that the public is informed about the Department's activities and about the priorities and policies of the Chief with regard to law enforcement and legal affairs.
The Office of Public Affairs prepares and issues Department news releases and frequently reviews and approves those issued by other divisions. It serves reporters by responding to queries, issuing news releases and statements, arranging interviews and conducting news conferences. The Office of Public Affairs issues approximately 300 news releases each year involving the activities of the Department.
The Office ensures that information provided to the news media by the Department is current, complete and accurate. It also ensures that all applicable laws, regulations and policies involving the release of information to the public are followed so that maximum disclosure is made without jeopardizing investigations and prosecutions, violating rights of individuals, or compromising department security interests.
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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the unfortunate cancellation of Halloween for children in Fairfield. The Police, Fire and Town employees hosted a party on Saturday, November 10th 2012 at the downtown railroad station.
Fairfield Police launch a new water safety program with
Stew Leonard III Children's Charities
On August 8th, 2012, " Stewie the Duck " came to the Sherman Green Peanut Butter Jam, to help with a book reading and song. Stew Leonard's Children's Charities promotes water safety for K-2 grade students. Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim, will be integrated into the regular Officer Friendly Program.