Media Relations Division
100 West First St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Media Relations Division (MRD) of the Los Angeles Police Department fosters cooperation and mutual respect between the Department and the news media. The members of MRD are dedicated and highly trained individuals who understand the importance of using the media as a valuable resource to keep the public informed as to the Department’s activities. In this regard, they realize that their role is to assist members of the media in completing the task of gathering information and reporting on news events impacting residents and visitors to the City of Los Angeles. The public’s perception and image of the Department is largely dependent on the hard work of MRD.
History of MRD
Prior to the late 1950s, the Los Angeles Police Department had no central location from which members of the media could obtain information regarding the various newsworthy events in which the Department had played a part. As a result, individual members of the media and the Department were often parties to news gathering endeavors that resulted in hastily assembled, disjointed and often contradictory stories disseminated to the public.
Following a series of negative events involving the Department, which were reported by the media within traditional and accepted journalistic practices, a need was identified that involved providing the media with easy access to accurate information relative to Department activities. This need was acted upon and the eventual creation of the Media Relations Division (MRD) was the result.
In its present form, MRD fosters cooperation and mutual respect between the Department and the news media. The Police Department actively pursues, cultivates, and encourages an open and responsive relationship with the media; MRS is the vehicle by which it does so. As a world-famous capital, Los Angeles generates news with far-reaching interest. The resultant inquiries by worldwide media for specialized information and assistance concerning specific news assignments are routed to MRD for action. Certain other requests for assistance by motion picture/television writers, directors, producers, etc. may be handled by MRS personnel.
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