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LGIU: The Local Government Information Unit has teamed up with the Home Office to launch a new publication, Spreading the Word. It highlights best practice in communicating the work of councils and partner agencies in fighting crime and disorder. The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 has given councils and police authorities a statutory duty to establish local Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships.

STAFFORDSHIRE: Staffordshire Police Force has launched a campaign to promote its new non-emergency telephone number, 08453 30 20 10. Posters and flyers featuring the number have been sent out to local businesses, schools, doctors and hospitals, while local radio stations and newspapers across the county are running ads.

HARINGEY: Haringey kicked off Black History Month last week

with more than 70 events across the borough planned through October. Activities include photo exhibitions such as The History of Black Footballers and Postcards from Tanzania highlighting images and words by local kids. Also on offer are traditional dance classes from Cuba, Nigeria and Egypt alongside a masterclass in UK-style urban hip-hop.

LONDON: The City of London Police is on the hunt for a new head of corporate communications following the departure of Peter Holt to the Northern Ireland Policing Board four weeks ago. The position leads a team of seven and reports to director of corporate support Eric Nisbett.

STOCKPORT: Stockport Council has launched its Action for Safety campaign, aimed at helping make the area a safer place to live, work and visit. The eight-week campaign to combat hazards includes crime prevention and a range of safety advice. Led by the council, the campaign will also showcase much of the behind-the-scenes safety work which is already done by the emergency services and charities.

SOUTHWARK: London Borough of Southwark media relations manager Kirsty Senior is to join the Audit Commission’s external communications department as a senior external comms officer.

Starting on 1 November, she will use her married name, Kehoe, according to the Audit Commission, and report to head of external communications Victor Smart.

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