In supporting the search for Morgan Harrington, a college student who went missing in Virginia in October 2009, Levick Strategic Communications would interact frequently with law enforcement authorities who were on the case. Here are some tips on working with law enforcement from Gene Grabowski, senior VP at Levick.
1. Be helpful, not intrusive. The communications firm is not a part of the investigation. It’s a resource there for the family and to help where needed.
2. Make friends with the law enforcement branch’s communications liaison (who may be an officer or may be a civilian). It’s critical to have an open line of communication with the primary messenger for the investigating authority.
3. Demonstrate your value to law enforcement. In Morgan Harrington’s case, Levick amplified all communications messages from the Virginia State Police minutes after they were released. “This was a force multiplier and, ultimately, we feel our participation was greatly appreciated,” says Grabowski.
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