New public information officer for Columbia police begins work

Monday, March 14, 2011 | 5:18 p.m. CDT; updated 8:24 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 14, 2011

COLUMBIA – The Columbia Police Department has a new public information officer.

Officer Latisha Stroer, a 12-year veteran of the department, was chosen as one of two new public information officers. She will act as the primary media contact as soon as she is comfortable with her job duties, according to a news release from Sgt. Jill Wieneke. Wieneke is in charge of the expanded CPD Public Relations Unit.

Stroer served as a detective in the Major Crimes Unit for the past eight years, where she was the primary detective for child abuse and sex crimes cases. She was transferred to the Public Relations Unit on March 7, the release stated.

The second public information officer, Officer Chris Hessenflow has not yet been transferred.

While she has not dealt with the media much in the past, Stroer said she is ready to start her new job.

"I see it as a challenge — to do more in the public and keep positive awareness about the Police Department," Stroer said.  

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