What you could be doing | Communications and Engagement
Effective external and internal communications are critical to effective policing
Working in Communications and Engagement
Effective external and internal communications are critical to effective policing. For example, when we appeal to the public for information, or aim to influence their thoughts about the organisation. Or to keep our people well-informed and connected so they can work effectively.
Working in this team means no two days are the same. You get to work with really interesting people who are helping to keep the public safe, sometimes on major national events. For example, in 2019 we kept frontline officers and the public up to date with the concerns about a potential breach of Toddbrook Dam at Whaley Bridge.
Our Marketing and Communications teams
DESIGN AND PRINT
We’re a one-stop shop for all internal design and printing requirements and provide professional advice on all relevant issues. This covers everything from design to digital print, several finishing options and an outsourced lithographic print service.
On the design side, we work closely with teams across the constabulary to produce a range of innovative artwork. This includes designing for campaigns such as annual reports, pull-up banners, leaflets, posters and marketing material.
DIGITAL MEDIA TEAM
In this team, we set the direction for digital communications across the organisation. This includes managing the force’s website, social media channels, emergency messaging system and intranet. It’s a big task - for example, as well as the corporate Facebook account and Twitter account, we also have officers and staff who use a variety of other local accounts. So we manage a total of 46 Facebook and 135 Twitter accounts
We focus on making sure messages are communicated quickly, and effectively, so our people can do their jobs conveniently and efficiently.
Meet some of the team
Louie Spooner, Communications Assistant
I joined Derbyshire Constabulary straight after finishing my GCSEs is 2016. One of my mum’s friends spotted an opportunity to the force as an apprentice and I’ve since been lucky enough to complete two apprenticeships since. I’ve also been on multiple courses and done lots of online training. It’s fair to say I’ve had amazing support ever since I started.
The working environment here is great. I enjoy what I do, no two days are the same, you get to meet so many different people and there’s a real ‘Derbyshire Family' feeling. Everyone understands that we’re all working towards the same goal and each have our part to play.
Investing in your development
It’s essential that we keep up-to-date with the latest communication tactics and trends, so we’re always looking at training opportunities.
Join us and this means you’ll find a range of in-house, on-the-job and external training available to you. This can cover a full range of skills. As members of the Association of Police Communicators (APCOMM), we have access to courses ranging from media law training to a national learning academy and a series of workshops throughout the year. If appropriate, you might even have the chance to go on a five-day residential Press Officer development course.