This statement was apparently prepared by the PR agency and released by the Sanford Police
Department March 28:
Sanford, Fl – March 28, 2012 — The City of Sanford kindly requests that members of the media refrain from approaching, phoning or emailing city employees when they are in their roles as private citizens. It has come to light that there have been a few incidents where city staff were followed and approached at their home or in settings outside of working hours.
Law enforcement officials will not hesitate to make an arrest for stalking.
I spent 35 years as a reporter, anchor and news manager before joining the Institute for Crisis Management almost 20-years ago. I was never threatened with arrest while trying to get a public official to answer questions while at work or any other time or place.
On March 28, 2012 the City of Sanford issued Media Advisory Number 23 (Press Release 23). Upon reevaluation, it is clear that portions of that Advisory were improvidently issued. The first two paragraphs of that Advisory are hereby rescinded.