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Provo Police Department hires first civilian public information officer

By Genelle Pugmire - | Jan 11, 2023
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Jana-Lee Holland is the first civilian public information officer for the Provo Police Department.
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Troy Beebe address the Provo Municipal Council at the group's meeting in the Provo City Hall after being named the city's new police chief on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022.

While Janna-Lee Holland has been hired as the first civilian public information officer for the Provo Police Department, she’s no stranger to law enforcement, having worked as a police officer in England before moving to the United States.

“I’m excited for this new challenge and tackling something on a different scale,” Holland said.

Newly appointed Police Chief Troy Beebe hired Holland to better focus on community outreach. Prior public information officers have been active members of the Provo PD.

Holland has worked with the Provo Police Department for 15 years in the special operations division (SOD), working with Community Policing to develop partnerships with organizations serving community interests including Wasatch Behavioral Health, Provo Housing and the Food and Care Coalition.

Holland also organized citizen outreach events, including National Night Out, a community event focused on crime prevention and community building.

Making the PIO a civilian post will add more continuity to the position and will free up another officer to work directly as an officer.

“Our Police Department is dedicated to serving ‘The Provo Way,’ which is partnering with our community to protect with compassion and respect. Transparent communication and ongoing community outreach are fundamental to earning the trust of those we serve,” Beebe said. “Janna-Lee brings a strong law enforcement background to best showcase Provo’s high professional policing standards while providing valuable, timely information to citizens.”

Holland will act as the police public information officer, develop informational campaigns, manage social media channels and website content and oversee internal and external police communications.

“Provo City has earned its reputation as one of the safest and healthiest communities in the country by being committed to public safety values of community, partnership, accountability, professionalism and respect,” said Mayor Michelle Kaufusi. “Our high national public safety rankings, recently earned accreditation, and national recognition for our state-of-the-art public safety building show our continued dedication to a safe community.”

Beebe was appointed as acting Provo police chief on Oct. 17 and was officially hired as the new police chief on Dec. 13. He and Holland have worked together for 15 years.


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