Media Relations

The purpose and function of the Public Information Office is to serve as liaison between the Temple Police Department, the community, and the news media.  The police department recognizes the need to communicate openly with the public and the media, therefore the PIO staff strives to provide accurate and factual information in a timely and impartial manner, while protecting both the prosecution’s case and the rights of the accused from possible prejudicial publicity. 

TPD is committed to informing the community and members of the news media of events that are handled by, or involve, the Department. Employees will cooperate fully in meeting the relevant information needs of the public and the news media. Every reasonable effort should be made to obtain requested information, so long as the release of that information conforms to federal and state laws, and follows established Department guidelines.

TPD PIO staff does not handle open requests. Citizens wishing to submit open record requests should send their request to the City of Temple Secretary’s Office at (254)298-5301. 

All other inquires please contact:
Officer Shawana Neely
Temple Police Department
Public Information Officer
sneely@templetx.gov
(254)298-5431