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:
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.