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Gulfport names new public information officer

Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania, left, and assistant chief Chris Loposser, right, introduce new GPD public information officer Sgt. Joshua Bromen to South Mississippi media on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016.
Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania, left, and assistant chief Chris Loposser, right, introduce new GPD public information officer Sgt. Joshua Bromen to South Mississippi media on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Police Chief Leonard Papania has named Sgt. Joshua Bromen the police department’s public information officer.

Papania introduced Bromen to the local media in a meeting Monday.

“We collectively owe a lot to our community,” Papania said, noting police and the media need each other. “We have to have a very productive relationship for both parties.”

Bromen, an award-winning motorcycle officer, has been with the department since 2008.

He is switching roles with former PIO Sgt. Damon McDaniel, a motorcycle officer who has been the PIO for three years. McDaniel will now lead the motorcycle division.

The Gulfport Police Department is one of a few law enforcement agencies on the Mississippi Coast that has a PIO position.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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