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Kelly is an accomplished state trooper with a history of varied law enforcement experience, who is also a strong communicator with excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills. She is experienced in community engagement and social media practices, and has a demonstrated ability to effectively and positively communicate with the public and media.
Kelly has 25 years of law enforcement experience, and over ten years of experience as a dedicated public information and community engagement officer.
Kelly is experienced in writing press releases, coordinating press conferences, conducting award and promotional ceremonies and providing on-camera and radio interviews for breaking news, press conferences, public service announcements (PSAs), safety messages and routine news stories.
Kelly has also served as a panelist at forums on a wide variety of topics, and as a keynote and guest speaker at high schools and colleges, businesses, and trade conferences. The topics Kelly mainly discusses are safety, public and community relations, media relations, and the use of social media as a tool for law enforcement. Additionally, Kelly teaches media relations and social media classes to businesses, state agencies, law enforcement agencies and fire departments.
Kelly’s skills extend to creating content for social media as not only one of the many ways to meet the recruiting challenge facing law enforcement today, but to help define and communicate the public image of the Connecticut State Police in an effort to create transparency allowing the public to have a better understanding of the state police, and law enforcement in general.
Additionally, Kelly graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, and shortly thereafter entered the field of law enforcement.
Following her assignment to the public information office, Kelly found her niche, and obtained a Master's Degree in Strategic Communication and Public Relations from Sacred Heart University.