City of Sanford to media: Don’t bother our employees when they’re off work

The City of Sanford has put out a press release that “kindly requests that members of the media refrain from approaching, phoning or emailing city employees when they are in their roles as private citizens.” The police department “will not hesitate to make an arrest for stalking.”

From: “One, PIO” Date: March 28, 2012 4:12:54 PM EDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: Public Information Release

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release, March 28, 2012
For Further Information Contact: PIO@sanfordfl.gov

Sanford, Fla – 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.

If members of the media require information, they should contact the City of Sanford Joint Information Center at PIO@sanfordfl.gov or 407-562-2778. If they are seeking information about the Trayvon Martin case, they are to contact the State Attorneys Office at 904-630-2400.

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  1. Jts said:

    The city of Sanford needs still another lesson in the Constitution, in this instance on the first amendment. What is wrong with those bozos, thinking they can arrest someone for contacting someone else — whatever the circumsdtances?

  2. R Thomas Berner said:

    It’s clear to me that the problem in Sanford is the police dept, not just the former chief.

  3. djx said:

    “Law enforcement officials will not hesitate to make an arrest for stalking.”

    But shooting? Not so much.

  4. David Hanners said:

    Can the reporters claim they are just standing their (First Amendment) ground?

  5. Vic said:

    “Law enforcement officials will not hesitate to make an arrest for stalking.”

    Huh? They seem to be hesitating in arresting George Zimmerman for stalking Trayvon Martin.

  6. Del Boca Vista said:

    It’s becoming obvious that we need a mechanism in this country for disbanding police departments. Pulling this kind of stunt when the entire nation is watching is beyond ballsy, and it shows that the public officials in Sanford are unhinged. They should not be allowed to enforce the law.

    Get the feds in there, disband the department, and conduct rigorous reviews before allowing any member of that department to apply for another law enforcement job.