to California's only professional association especially for communications professionals.  Because good government requires good communicators.

CAPIO counts among its 300+ members the communications, marketing and outreach staff of cities, school districts, counties, water and air pollution control districts, parks and open space districts, private PR firms, municipal television channels, police and fire departments, and more—professionals who handle public information and communications duties for these agencies and organizations. 


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Sandy Hook School Shooting: The PIO Perspective – Dealing with the Media in Crisis

Lieutenant Paul Vance, Connecticut State Police 

Thursday, September 4, 2014 – 0830-1200
Cottonwood Church
4505 Katella Avenue
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

The California Peace Officers Association has invited CAPIO members to attend this not-to-miss discussion on crisis communications. Less than six months after the Aurora theater shootings, the nation was again stunned when a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and committed one of the most horrific mass murders in American history, gunning down 20 children and six adults before killing himself. It was later learned he had also murdered his own mother. The killings horrified and traumatized the nation and again focused the attention of the world’s media on a random act of violence. Lt. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police was the primary spokesperson for the event and will share his experience of handling this high-profile, emotional case.

Cost: $35.00

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Northern California Workshop: When Bad Things Happen

Thursday, October 2

Registration: 9 a.m.
Program: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

City of Santa Cruz Police Department Community Room
155 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA  95060

This course will focus on the communications principles required to properly anticipate and respond to a crisis, whether due to an agency investigation, major wrong-doing uncovered affecting your agency or theft of funds.  These and other non-natural disaster types of crises will be discussed and analyzed, using actual case studies, news clips and agency responses.  A specific set of steps will be reviewed and taught to prepare your communications response, including gathering the right set of senior staff, designing strategies and tactics which target affected audiences, preparing key messages which tell your story, and delivering your response via the news media and other important communications vehicles.

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