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Useful Resources
and Links

One of the main aims of APComm is to share knowledge and best practice among members. On this page you will find a range of useful resources to support your professional development and expand your knowledge of policing.

We hope you find the list of following resources useful and if you have other links you would like to share, please let us know.

APComm
Resources

Monthly bulletins

Including training courses, networking opps and national vacancies.  Available to read in the Hub. 

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Mentoring and buddying scheme

The APComm mentoring scheme provides an opportunity for members of the Association to receive one-to-one developmental support from fellow police / PCC communicators.

While our mentors may not have undertaken formal mentorship training, they have the skills and experience to support mentees.

There are many benefits to having a mentor, including guidance on career development, receiving advice on a range of job related skills, helping to build self-confidence or receiving support through challenging situations.

If you are interested in being involved in the scheme as a mentor or mentee please email helen.wilson@surrey.pnn.police.uk.

Virtual and in-person training courses as organised/communicated

Previous courses include media and social media law training, security-minded communication, NEP roadshows and week of virtual learning March 2021 in lieu of APComm Academy due to coronavirus restrictions. Details published in monthly bulletins which are available to read in the Hub.

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APComm ‘The Hub’

The Hub is a protected area for APComm members where good practice and creative ideas are shared across police forces.

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APComm Academy

Usually held annually in November each year at Belton Woods, Grantham, Lincolnshire. Opportunity to network, share best practice and learn with other police communicators.

Read more about the APComm Academy

Police communicator courses

Usually two a year – Specialist residential course in-person run by PolComm Training & Development in association with APComm

PolComm Training and Development (PCTD) - Communications training for police professionals

Strategic Police Communicator courses

Usually two a year – Specialist residential course run in person by PolComms Training & Development in association with APComm

PolComm Training and Development (PCTD) - Communications training for police professionals

APComm private Facebook Police Communications Group

A place for easy swapping of ideas and asks – ask any of the admins to add you. 

Get in touch with Caroline Tozer to join.

National Bodies and
Government Websites

Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)

Professional body for public relations practitioners. CIPR offers a wide variety of training courses and programmes and a range of professional qualifications. There are also a number of toolkits and best practice guides to access even if you are a non-member.

Go to CIPR website

Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA)

PRCA – the world’s largest and most influential PR professional body – challenging, supporting and raising standards.

Go to PRCA website

College of Policing

The professional body for policing in England and Wales. The purpose of the College is to provide those working in policing with the skills and knowledge necessary to prevent crime, protect the public, and secure public trust. Membership is open to police staff and volunteers as well as officers.

Working together | College of Policing

Gov.uk

Website for all government departments and many other agencies and public bodies. Here you can see all policies, announcements, publications, statistics and consultations. 

Go to GOV.UK

Government Communication Service

Professional body for government communicators. A great resource for information on building personal development plans and developing your core communications competencies.

GCS The professional body for government communicators

Government Digital Service blog

This popular blog rounds up posts from across all GDS blogs looking at all aspects of digital communications from how to get the most out of your channels to developing digital public services.

https://gds.blog.gov.uk/

Local Government Association comms Hub

Comms Hub – communications support | Local Government Association

National Police Library

Access policing journals online and borrow material.

National Police Library | College of Policing