The mission of the Sheriff's Public Information Officer is to provide accurate and timely information to the media and the public as soon as possible, providing transparency and safety to the community without jeopardizing the integrity of investigations conducted by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.
The mission of the Sheriff's Community Liaison is to reach out to the community and relay the message the Sheriff envisions while listening to the community and relaying their needs to the Sheriff. The Sheriff Community Liaison will work in partnership with the citizens of Tulare County to commit to build a safe and secure community. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to building trust while maintaining safety by recognizing the needs of our community. Trust and safety are the cornerstones of successful policing and law enforcement.
It is the policy of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department to cooperate with the media
in establishing and maintaining procedure to disseminate information which the public
has a legitimate interest. Dissemination of information to the media will be provided on
a fair and equal basis and in a factual, timely and accurate manner. This department
seeks a cooperative understanding which allows the news media to gather information
of the public interest in a manner that does not hamper law enforcement operations.
In some cases, certain information must be withheld in order to protect constitutional
rights, to avoid interfering with a department investigation, or because it is legally
privileged. No release will be made that would compromise the integrity of any ongoing
criminal investigation. In such cases media notification will be made as soon as practical.
At no time will members of this department intentionally mislead or misinform members
of the media.
The Sheriff's Office has an appointed Public Information Officer to act as a liaison
between the various media outlets, public entities and the department.
The PIO works during regular business hours with weekends and holidays off.
The PIO may also be called out for special events on an as needed basis decided by
the station commanders.
If you have a media request after hours, on weekends or holidays, please contact our
non- emgency dispatch line at 559-733-6218 and leave a detailed message including
the case number or news item you are referring to. The message will be forwarded to
the appropriate station commander.
For booking photos please contact the on duty Sergeant at the jail facilities.
For presentation requests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the event information
including date, time, location, what is requested and contact information.
To receive news release updates you will need to subscribe to the Sheriff's News Alerts
Twitter feed @TulareSheriff. This will notify you each time we post something new to
our news page.
The Sheriff's Office also provides photos on Flickr and video on YouTube for some
incidents. You may also subscribe to those sites to be notified when new content is posted.