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Tel: 01227 781205

Communications Officer

Location: London

Salary expectation: £28,000 to £36,000

Application deadline: Sat 20th October

This is a full-time role



About Police Now

Our mission is to transform communities, reduce crime and increase the public’s confidence in policing, by recruiting and developing outstanding and diverse individuals to be leaders in society and on the policing frontline. We are working towards a day when every community, whatever the socio-economic background of its residents, can thrive without residents being fearful of crime and can feel confident in the police service.

Launched in 2014, Police Now trains graduates with leadership potential to be inspirational police officers and outstanding crime fighters. Police Now is a start-up enterprise, and as such we are looking for individuals to join the team who have an entrepreneurial, flexible style and will contribute effectively to the creation and leadership of this new organisation.

For more information on the work we do please visit our website via the button below.

Our values

Everything we do reflects our values.

  • Believe
  • Achieve
  • Develop

What you’ll do

You will play a vital role managing Police Now’s reputation, proactively and reactively, across a broad range of platforms. You’ll build relationships with influencers and decision-makers within the press, policing community and political sphere to secure support for Police Now’s participants, partner police forces and the Police Now organisation.

You will help design and develop the Police Now communications strategy and then take the lead implementing it. This will involve identifying target audiences, developing appropriate messaging, social media content creation and media outreach with the aim of increasing our engagement with stakeholders. You will also be responsible for working closely with the Police Now Senior Leadership Team to organise print, broadcast, radio and face-to-face media opportunities.

You’ll work independently from, but very closely with, other Police Now functions such as Graduate Recruitment, Force Partnerships and Leadership Development.

Key accountabilities

  • Provide media and communications advice to the Police Now Senior Leadership Team
  • Work with colleagues, Police Now participants and force partners to generate positive news stories about Police Now’s community and policing impact
  • Proactively secure press coverage in mainstream national and policing media outlets, predominantly print media but also television and radio coverage
  • Manage reactive press enquiries
  • Keep internal stakeholders, including the Senior Leadership Team, informed of relevant press coverage
  • Manage and monitor social media platforms, in particular Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Build communications collateral
  • Produce and disseminate a quarterly newsletter to all Police Now contacts
  • Raise Police Now’s profile in parliament, managing relationships with MPs and other political influencers
  • Maintain the Police Now blog, working to generate appropriate content
  • Promote Police Now at internal and external events

Who we’re looking for

We need a creative and committed media and communications professional, with excellent verbal and written communication skills and an ability to learn quickly. You’ll have a flair for identifying interesting stories and press angles and spotting actual and potential reputation risks. Police Now has an overwhelmingly positive story to tell and we want to communicate with honesty, energy and courage. We need someone with integrity who shares our belief in the transformational work that neighbourhood policing can deliver and who wants to play a big part in crafting and delivering this narrative.

We are looking for someone with energy, optimism, adaptability and a willingness to work in a fast-moving, innovative start-up. You will possess a genuine commitment to public service and the Police Now mission, values and aims as well as a belief in personal responsibility.

You will need to be comfortable managing your own workload, able to deal with the last-minute activity that is part and parcel of working in a fast-moving press and media environment, and able to use your excellent inter-personal and planning skills to keep such surprises to a minimum.

As a real team player, you’ll enjoy working with the various Police Now teams to achieve your goals. You’ll be resilient in the face challenges and changing goal posts and will persevere to achieve your goals.

What you need

  • Experience working with the press
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Commitment to Police Now’s mission, vision and values
  • Strong organisation and project management skills
  • Outstanding attention to detail
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion
  • Crisis management experience would be beneficial but not essential
  • Knowledge of policing as a sector or a willingness to immerse yourself and get up to speed quickly

What you’ll get from us

  • A high degree of autonomy to shape the organisation’s communication strategy.
  • The opportunity to work at a true start-up and to help shape the Police Now programme
  • Be part of a society-defining organisation, make a difference and change the way that the most challenged communities in the country interact with the police
  • A great team passionately working to build the next generation of leaders inside and outside policing
  • A bright, airy, modern and buzzing office in Zone 1, Central London
  • Competitive salary of £28,000 – £36,000 dependent on experience
  • Police Now’s core benefits package, including 27 days holiday each year and participation in a pension scheme (with 5 per cent employer contributions).

How to apply

It’s really simple, just click apply to send us a copy of your CV and a covering letter setting out why you want to work with us by the application deadline.

Please note

This job description is issued as a guideline. It is not exhaustive and we would be pleased to discuss any constructive comments you may have. Due to the evolving nature and changing demands of our business this job description may be subject to change. You may, on occasions, be required to undertake additional or other duties within the context of this job description and according to the needs of the organisation.

Deadline: Sat 20th October