Grampian Police restructures PR

Aberdeen-based Grampian Police is searching for a head of public affairs and media as part of a restructuring of its communication function. The appointment comes at a time when the force is under critical scrutiny following its handling of the Scott Simpson child murder inquiry in spring 1998, and the recent departure of its controversial former chief constable Ian Oliver.

Aberdeen-based Grampian Police is searching for a head of public

affairs and media as part of a restructuring of its communication

function. The appointment comes at a time when the force is under

critical scrutiny following its handling of the Scott Simpson child

murder inquiry in spring 1998, and the recent departure of its

controversial former chief constable Ian Oliver.



The newly-created role is the most senior in the force’s press and

corporate communications department, and reports to assistant chief

constable Peter Wilson. The post replaces former media liaison officer

Mike Lowson, who left last summer to set up his own corporate

communications agency, Lowson Associates in Aberdeen.



Following Lowson’s departure, Aberdeen-based agency Covey McCormick

provided interim PR support for Grampian Police. The agency continues to

offer strategic PR advice on a retainer basis.



Wilson said: ’Covey McCormick suggested to us that the role of media

liaison officer should be expanded to advise the CEO on matters of

policing policy which enter the public domain. For example, this could

include identifying national initiatives which the force needs to

address and improving community partnerships.’



The appointee will be responsible for internal communications and will

head a three-strong press office.



Several areas of responsibility have been shaved off the role in a bid

to focus on communications strategy. For example, Lowson was responsible

for the force’s graphic and TV units, which now fall under the remit of

the force’s training department.



Grampian Police covers Aberdeenshire and Moray. This includes Royal

Deeside, where Balmoral Castle is located. The force is responsible for

policing the region’s docks, football clubs and its offshore oil and gas

installations.



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