The Public Affairs Division consists of specialized units, Media Relations, Community Liaison, Labor/Industrial Relations, Honor Guard Detail, Crime-Free Multi-Housing, Juvenile Intervention Program, and Special Projects. The division serves as a departmental representative by fostering relationships between the organization and the communities. Division staff works closely with media sources, citizen groups, labor units, residents, schools, apartment managers, property owners and the faith community to facilitate the flow of information between the Sheriff's Department and the citizens we serve. The relationship provides a key point of contact for community policing initiatives and problem-solving. By working cooperatively with members of the community, the division is committed to making San Bernardino County a safer place to live and work.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Maintaining relationships with the press and the community
- Notifying the news media in a timely, fair, and impartial basis on matters of public interest
- Establishing procedures to notify all concerned news media whenever a major incident occurs
- Communicating with concerned personnel and investigators to ensure information is accurate prior to a press release
- Ensuring the legality of releasing or withholding information when applicable
- Issuing press releases
Labor Relations Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Establishing and maintaining a positive liaison with labor and management representatives and establishing and maintaining a positive liaison with related governmental agencies (i.e., National Labor Relations Board, Agricultural Labor Relations Board, Federal and State Department of Labor, and law enforcement agencies). The liaisons assure crimes evolving from labor-management disputes are investigated promptly and carried to their proper conclusion. They gather information regarding pending labor disputes from personal contacts and other sources including union, management, and governmental publications. Meetings are conducted with union and management representatives who are or may be involved in a labor dispute. Guidelines to prevent unlawful acts are discussed with both labor and management representatives to encourage self-discipline and strict control over their personnel. The deputies assigned to this team monitor picket lines in an effort to reduce or prevent dispute-related crimes.