APD Chief discusses relations with media
KTVA's recent one-on-one sit-down interview with Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll, revealed some concerns the department has when it comes to the media in Anchorage.
When asked to describe the relationship the department has with the media, Chief Doll replied, "I think that over the last year or so, it's been a little rocky at times, honestly." The chief went on to say, "Part of it's our fault and frankly there are some personalities with media in town that have made that more difficult."
The chief mentioned, "Gotcha journalism." He also said that some reporters in Anchorage he's talked to do a good job when it comes to being fair and balanced, while others are more interested in providing something that's more like "reality" TV.
KTVA's Joe Vigil explained to the chief in the interview that it's been difficult at times getting information from APD, specifically after hours, saying:
"My big push is, if it's a public safety issue that is happening now, we want to hear about it. I think sometimes in the past we have felt like we weren't getting the information. And that is difficult for me personally because I consider what I do public service. And when I can't get this stuff out to the people who are calling us, I feel like I'm not doing what I'm supposed to be doing. "
Chief Doll said he's a firm believer that dialogue can resolve many problems. Regarding the flow of information, Chief Doll discussed the department's hiring of former TV journalist MJ Thim as Communications Director, along with a Deputy Communications Director.
APD officials also tell KTVA, the station will have 24/7 access to communications staff when big news events happen. APD approached KTVA about the one-on-one interview with the chief.
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