IPCC searches for comms director

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is on the lookout for an interim director of communications to oversee its launch on 1 April.

The body, which replaces the Police Complaints Authority, is seeking a replacement for Sarah Clifford, who is taking maternity leave until January 2005.

The new recruit’s main task will be to implement the IPCC’s communications strategy, which will employ electronic and online communications, publicity and marketing, PR and internal communications, reporting to IPCC chief executive officer Susan Atkins.

The IPCC wants to convey the key message of the need for greater involvement of complainants in the complaints process against the police, and for providing complainants with more information after investigations, said the PCA head of publicity Richard Offer.

Offer will become IPCC head of media in April. The IPCC’s comms team will initially have three press officers and two other staff to handle exhibitions, publicity and the website.

The successful candidate will need to build ties with the police and its representative bodies, such as Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Association of Police Authorities and the Police Federation.

Other key points of contact will be community groups, legal representatives and the media.

The IPCC aims to improve confidence in the police complaints system in England and Wales.

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