Public Information Officer
The Riley County Police Department's point-of-contact for all media requests and public relations is the Public Information Officer (PIO). The role of the PIO is to maintain positive and open communications with the media and the public. The PIO will also ensure citizens' awareness of items relating to the Police Department, public safety, and both state and local laws.
The Riley County Police has a designated PIO, Officer Matthew Droge, who ensures that all media inquiries and public relations events are handled in a timely and efficient manner.
Riley County Police Department Public Information Officer Matthew Droge, The #TwitterCop (since 2011), has served as a sworn officer since October 2010 and has served as PIO since early 2013. He currently facilitates the social media accounts as well as acts as the department’s public relations office. Through Droge’s service at Riley County Police Department he has been assigned to Patrol (Swing and Midnight shifts), the Police Bike Unit, and the Administration Division. In 2014 he became a member of the Kansas Association of the Public Information Officers as well as the National Information Officers Association and is the current President of MARPC (The Manhattan Area Risk Prevention Coalition, which reorganized into "RED" in late 2014). Droge was elected to the Riley County Extension Council's Community Development board of four community members in 2014. Prior to working at RCPD, Droge worked as an internationally recognized and awarded photographer and graphic designer. He was raised in Kansas and has lived and worked in Arizona and California. He has been awarded several accolades for community service including the Jefferson Award and received the Meritorious Service award for his work on the department’s internet presence in 2012/2013 as well as a letter of appreciation for the department's website and is a recipient of the department's professionalism award.
It is the policy of the Riley County Police Department to cooperate fully and impartially with authorized news media representatives in their efforts to gather factual public information pertaining to activities of the Department, as long as these activities do not interfere with individual's rights or violate the law.
Public Information Requests
All media inquiries are handled by the PIO including inquiries, interviews, and requests for follow-up information; however, please note that public information requests for police records and arrest reports cannot be issued by the PIO and should be directed to the Department's RMS Supervisor, Kari Breault by calling (785) 537-2112 ext. 2801.
The Riley County Police Department regularly participates in speaking engagements throughout the year. To schedule an officer to come speak at an event, training, convention, or other gathering contact the Public Information Officer or complete this Speaking Engagement and Appearance Request Form, print or save it, and turn it into the Riley County Police Department by emailing it to the Public Information Officer (email listed below) or dropping it off in person (we do not collect potentially personal information electronically through this website). Please allow at least 14 days notice for all speaking engagement requests.
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