Police communicators have a critical role in the future development of policing according to senior officers who attended the recent Association of Police Communicators (APComm) 2013 conference.
Senior officers including Sir Hugh Orde, President of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) , and Andy Trotter, Chief Constable of British Transport Police and Chair of ACPO Communication Advisory Group stressed the key role that communication professionals have in supporting officers and staff through current challenges.
The work of APComm members can help with ensuring accountability, transparency and engagement both with the public and with staff. Each of the speakers detailed how police communicators can support change and internal communication, work with Senior Investigating Officers and in using the latest technology to support communication.
Sessions at the conference included internal and change communication, digital engagement, the liaison between forces and Police and Crime Commissioners, operational case studies, and a panel debate about the impact of Leveson.
Two significant announcements were made at the conference: a partnership with the PRCA and the start of discussions between APComm and the College of Policing to outline professional development.
Members were also encouraged to continue to provide feedback on what they want from APComm. Contact details for the Executive Committee are available on this website.
The conference took place from 6 to 8 November 2013 at Belton Woods, Grantham, Lincolnshire. Thanks to Lincolnshire Police and Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner for hosting the conference.