Katie Nelson

With nearly a decade of experience as a law enforcement strategic communicator and several years as a journalist, Katie Nelson brings a high degree of knowledge and expertise to the realm of digital engagement. As a “40 Under 40” award recipient from the International Association of Chiefs and with an Award of Distinction from the California Peace Officers Association, Katie takes pride in connecting law enforcement agencies with their communities. She teaches across the country on best practices when it comes to social media and crisis communication and is a regular instructor with California POST. Prior to her time in law enforcement, Katie was an award-winning crime and public safety reporter in the Bay Area. Her coverage of abandoned care home residents in Castro Valley led to numerous law changes to protect the elderly and vulnerable, and her coverage of gangs in the San Joaquin Valley earned her a California Newspaper Publishers Association award for investigative reporting.

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