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New HPD Policy: Media questions requested in advance

On Thursday, HPD Public Information Officer Lt. Jon Traxler sent an email informing all media agencies of the policy. On Thursday, HPD Public Information Officer Lt. Jon Traxler sent an email informing all media agencies of the policy.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The Hattiesburg Police Department has rolled out a new policy that requires the media to submit all questions in advance of interviews.

On Thursday, HPD Public Information Officer Lt. Jon Traxler sent an email informing all media agencies of the policy.

The email from Traxler reads as follows: 

“Please remember that if you wish to request information from the department by way of interviews I will need you to send it along with the questions you wish to ask.  Also I do understand that you have deadlines as do I so there are times that our deadlines do not match to do interviews but it is sometime possible to get you responses to your questions in order to help you still get your story written. Thanks for understanding as do we and we always want to make sure the citizens of Hattiesburg are well informed."

Recently hired Hattiesburg Police Chief Anthony Parker enacted this new policy.

This new rule for media comes less than 24 hours after a request by WDAM for an on-camera interview.

The policy is unique to HPD, and the department is now the only law enforcement agency in our viewing area that requires this.

Standard operating procedure at WDAM is that we do not submit questions in advance, but we will fully disclose the topic of the requested interview.

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