Acpos appoints comms officer for central PR trial

The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos) has appointed its first PRO.

In his temporary post, Stuart Wilson will spend the next eight months examining whether Acpos would benefit from a central communications function.

Currently, each Scottish police force has its own communications function, but Acpos has decided to test a central comms system.

Assistant chief constable Malcolm Dickson said: ‘It was identified that we needed somebody working at national level to give the public a better understanding of the challenges of policing in Scotland, and perhaps more importantly the successes we are achieving on a daily basis.’

Wilson’s key tasks are to provide strategic comms guidance to the eight Scottish police forces and maintain a close partnership with the Scottish Executive on police and criminal justice issues.

Wilson said: ‘In the past, each force would have their own press office, which was proving very frustrating for the media, so I will co-ordinate centrally and at the end of the pilot I will write an evaluation report.’

Wilson will stay in the Scottish Executive-funded post until the end of November. The former journalist was previously manager in the media and PR department at Strathclyde Police.

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