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The St.Louis County Police Department became famous for being the police agency responsible for the investigation and communications for the Michael Brown shooting investigation.
Although St.Louis County PD had nothing to do with the event, as the largest agency in the immediate area, they provide their professional investigative and communications services for agencies whose own resources don't allow for the required response.
The SLCPD communications team was comprised of one man, Sergeant Brian Schellman who was responsible for trying to meet the demands of the insatiable appetites of not only the main stream media, but the social media channels as well.
In the aftermath of the #Ferguson events, the St.Louis County Police Department hired Vera Culley in November to join the communications team and focus on the benefits and demands of a robust social media program for the department to compliment the media relations role and the front line officers.
Vera came from the mainstream media in St.Louis and also grew up in East St.Louis and has lived in the area her entire life. Vera brings with her the experience personally and professionally to add a great level of depth and perspective in the online voice for SLCPD.
It was my pleasure to have Vera as my first live guest interview on The Police Podcast as I travelled to the St.Louis County and Municipal Police Training Academy to talk social and digital media with several departments there.
Vera has an incredible passion and spirit. She truly wants to bring the message of a great profession to the communities of St.Louis County and build relationships with those communities to help establish an environment of trust and understanding.
You can follow along with the St.Louis County Police and Vera online here: