LINCOLN, Neb. -- A metro police department said that their public information office manager is joining them from television news. 

The Lincoln Police Department said that Erika Thomas is the first person in this role at the LPD to have served as a journalist. 

"The public information officer manager position is incredibly important to any police department in this country in 2023," said Chief Ewins. 

In the press release, LPD said that Thomas spent two decades in newsrooms across the country, working as a producer, reporter and most recently, as an evening anchor in northwest Arkansas. 

"As a former member of the media, Erika knows first-hand how to get our news to the media in an accurate and timely manner," said Ewins. "Building upon our already robust social media presence, Erika will rely upon her valuable experience in news to inform our public about Lincoln law enforcement news, both through the media and through our Lincoln Police presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram."

Thomas will be starting at the LPD at the end of March.