Quarterly PIO training today for NEO Public Information Officers

Looking forward to seeing my fellow PIOs this afternoon for the quarterly NorthEast Ohio Public Information Officer (NEO-PIO) training at WKYC (NBC Affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio).

Glad to be able to put a face to a voice…and to be able to talk under non-stressful times is so nice.

For all PIOs/PAOs – Building relationships and networking are critical components of a successful communicator. Yeppers, networking is soooo….

Indeed it is Gretchen



#PrideInTheCLE on a perfect Saturday in downtown #Cleveland

Solid morning setup with all the public safety pros in Cleveland for Pride Parade today #PrideInTheCLE

Even Charlie Pop is up and taking a look at a few things from above too.

Planned out a few things with one of my favorite PIOs… Cleveland Police Sgt Jennifer Ciaccia!

It’s worth a note that this is the first time the CPD Honor Guard was able to participate and lead the parade.

Everyone should be proud of a city that supports diversity from so many different communities.

Had a chance to see the Cleveland Police Bike Unit out along the parade route.

Adorned with festive flags, Cleveland Police bike unit is there to support the community.

Glad to see law enforcement leadership out amongst the community too. Here’s Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams and members of the bike unit posing for pictures. 

Additionally, we caught the mounted unit getting into the party too. Apparently, Red Bull gives you wings. Pegasus!

Police 👮 recruitment table was setup and answering lots of questions from the general public on the upcoming entrance requirements.

Also had a chance to do some interviews with CPD Explosive Detection K9 Benny!

Seriously, we have worked numerous events with them – great team!

Thousands marched along the parade route and then at the entrance to Cleveland Public Square…

…and thousands more met them at downtown public square.

Fun day for everyone downtown!

Special thanks to the field PIO reporting team of Jen and Kevin at #PrideInTheCLE.

Our second year doing field PIO stuff from the parade route.

Reporting live from downtown Cleveland Public Square…


May we head into June 2017?

May is out like trout and June has come in with a slew of activities as well as the 2017 NBA Finals!

First week I’ll be in Missouri teaching my favorite class – Social Media Tools & Techniques and a functional social media exercise in Columbus. Yes I know, that means I won’t be attending the 2017 UASI Conference in Buffalo. #Boooo. However, my free time will be spent at Game-3 and Game-4 of the 2017 NBA Championships. #GoCavs!!!!!

Second week I will be teaching the FEMA EMI Incident Management Team Plans Section Chief Course in Cincinnati. With so many members from USAR Ohio Task Force-1 (including Schulmann) attending, it’s going to be a fun class. Are you attending?

Third week I think I got blessed with the approval to take the IMT Incident Commanders course at the home EOC in Columbus. Lemme see if I can login this time (Password “JOSHUA”).

Fourth week will be doing some tactical training including quals. #pewpew

Honestly, I just hope to stay afloat this month.

Additionally, June 2017 will serve as the foundation month for the 2018 training schedule. Who’s ready for more classes?!?!?!?

Get your learn on!