Director of Media and Public Relations
Harford County Sheriff's Office
Bel Air, Maryland, United States
Cristie Hopkins currently serves the citizens of Harford County, MD as the Director of Media and Public Relations for the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. She joined the Agency in 2013 and was promoted to the Chief Spokesperson in 2014. As Director, she oversees all aspects of Communications, Public and Media Relations, as well as Marketing for the Agency, and hosts the Agency television show, Behind the Badge.
Ms. Hopkins holds Bachelors degree in Communications with a minor in Marketing; beginning her communications career in 1998 at a Harford County nonprofit (with nothing but a fax machine!).
Since arriving at the Sheriff’s Office, her focus has been integrating social media into all aspects of public relations as well as crime solving. During her time at the Sheriff’s Office, Ms. Hopkins has managed the communications of two line of duty deaths, two active shooter incidents, and many other critical incidents. As a result, she has been a sought after speaker at both the local, state, and national level to discuss her use of social media to effectively communicate public safety messaging during an active incident.
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