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Our
Business and Training Plan

The APComm Executive Committee set a yearly Business and Training Plan outlining our main priorities and how we aim to achieve them.

Objective 1

Increase knowledge and information sharing to support continuous professional development for members

What we will do

Launch a new APComm website, including content/areas to support improved knowledge and information sharing

Update

The new website went live in in November 2021

What we will do

Promote and grow the APComm buddying & mentoring scheme

Update

Now well-established with about 30 communicators, nationally, benefiting from the experience of senior and seasoned communicators in policing. Evaluation to take place looking at effectiveness and how it can be further developed

Objective 2

Provide a calendar of events, training and activities for members to network, upskill and continuously professionally develop

What we will do

Develop and continuously update a training and events calendar

Update

Calendar is in place and is updated monthly

What we will do

Host APComm Week of Virtual Learning (March 2021)

Update

A highly successful week with positive feedback

What we will do

Host APComm Academy 2021

Update

Taking place from 23 – 25 November 2021 at Belton Woods in Grantham Add link to Academy page

What we will do

Inform and develop input for APComm communications and strategic communications courses

Update

Content has been reviewed for both courses. Evaluation will help inform future development

 

Objective 3

Provide tools and resources to support members deliver professional communications training within policing

What we will do

Provide inputs to College of Policing training courses

Update

Inputs given to direct entry inspector courses

What we will do

Develop College of Policing presentations/inputs for training of police officer across forces

Update

Inspectors and Superintendents packs being develop and will be available on the knowledge hub

What we will do

Create digital learning packages for basic media and social media law

Update

Packages developed and shared with members

What we will do

Develop a toolkit of resources for training presentations for specific policing roles

Update

A toolkit for Family Liaison Officers (FLO) and a Heads of Comms induction pack is being developed

Objective 4

Develop diversity and inclusion within police communications

What we will do

Develop a plan of activity through the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group to increase representation in police comms

Update

Group has been set up and developing ideas and focus

Objective 5

Support the well-being and welfare of all APComm members

What we will do

Deliver well-being workshops and sessions

Update

Held during the Virtual Week of Learning, followed by resilience sessions in July. Further wellbeing sessions planned for Nov and Dec 2021 and a Heads of Comms session is being arranged for January ‘22.

Heads of Comms yearly wellbeing survey is in place.

Links in place with Oscar Kilo for support for members.

What we will do

Regularly signpost well-being and support opportunities

Update

Regular updates in monthly bulletin and new flyer produced to support and signpost to APComm support.

Support given to G7 communications planning and response delivered by Devon and Cornwall Police.

New major incident planning meeting established to capture learning and shared opportunities for future events such as COP26 and Commonwealth Games.