Media Relations

The office of media affairs consists of a media relations officer and two police media affairs coordinators. The media relations officer is the primary point of contact for the media and is responsible for the release of newsworthy information regarding arrests, investigations, major incidents, crime statistics, etc. They act as the police department’s spokesperson and conducts most of the television, radio and newspaper interviews. The media affairs coordinators are responsible for all Irving Police Department social media sites, the website, video production and acting as back-up public information officers, as needed.

The current Public Information Officer (PIO) is Officer James McLellan who has been with the department since 1993. He began his career as a Public Service Officer until 1997 at which time he was sworn in as a police officer. He worked in the patrol division until 2004 then was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division. While there, he worked as the legal liaison and as a detective in the General Assignments, Burglary and Financial Crimes sections. In 2014, he was asked to serve as the department’s Public Information Officer.

Police Media Affairs Coordinator, Chelsey Jones, started with the City of Irving in 2009 and was transferred to the Community Services Division at the Irving Police Department in 2011. While there, her primary responsibility was to manage the convenience store program but has been heavily involved in the department’s social media outreach since 2012. She is a TCOLE certified Crime Prevention Specialist. In 2017, she was transferred to Administrations as one of two media affairs coordinators. Fun Fact: She was born and raised in Irving, TX and is an Irving Tiger Alumni. She also attended North Lake Community College where she received her associate’s degree.

Police Media Affairs Coordinator, Tara Taylor, started with the Irving Police Department in 2012 as a dispatcher. In 2014, she transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division where she served as the Staff Assistant. In 2017, she was transferred to Administration as one of two media affairs coordinators. Fun Fact: She was born and raised in Irving, TX and is a Nimitz Viking Alumni. She also attended University of North Texas where she received her bachelor’s degree in applied arts and sciences. 

                            Media Releases (Past 12 Months)