The Press Information Officer ("PIO") is the official spokesperson of the Police Department and releases information to the public on behalf of the Chief of Police. Sergeant Michael Lovchik is the Department’s PIO, and is responsible for the dissemination of information and inquiries from the public and media about Department statistics, operations, and special-interest items. Additionally, he is responsible for scheduling and coordinating press conferences and live broadcasts on behalf of our agency.
Sergeant Lovchik maintains a cooperative working relationship with the media, releasing factual information, without hindering ongoing investigations. In the age of internet and instant communications, the media can be a crucial element in locating wanted suspects, missing juveniles, and generally assisting the Police Department as needed.
The PIO at times joins the City’s cable program, "Crime Watch." Viewers are brought along, via the video camera, with Patrol Officers to observe how calls are handled. The PIO and the show’s host are able to describe what is occurring to the viewer. Crime Watch communicates valuable information on topics such as crime trends, special events with the Police Department, and educates the public on how to better protect themselves.
If you have inquiries for the PIO, please contact Sergeant Michael Lovchik at (714) 562-3915, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.