Public Affairs History

The Public Affairs Unit was re-established in 1996 when it was recognized that there was a need for a strong and viable public information and safety education program within the Louisiana State Police. Assigned the responsibility of ensuring that the media and the general public remain informed, Public Information Officers (PIOs) greatly improve the State Police's image as well as the public's understanding of what our organization does. PIOs are responsible for all departmental aspects related to media relations, public relations, and public education. PIOs serve as the official spokespersons for the Louisiana State Police. Various programs targeted at educating children, parents, and the general public have fostered a positive relationship with local communities and have demonstrated that Troopers do much more than merely enforce traffic and criminal laws.