Opinion: From our Readers - Police chief is shocked at government hires

I am surprised to read about continued senior comms appointments at government bodies and quangos.

One example was your report of the first comms department for the Sentencing Council (News, 9 July) - a body set up to increase public confidence in the criminal justice system.

I make no comment about new comms head Helen Stear, but question why such appointments are not halted. The Single Confidence Measure and the Policing Pledge have been removed from the police service, which has required a revision in its communication focus.

The actions of the police before, during and after a court case have one of the biggest impacts on public confidence. It is the senior investigating officer who is interviewed on the court steps and whose comments will be widely reported. Comms professionals in police forces already meet regularly with the judiciary to consider this issue.

I will wait with interest to see what the new post brings.

Amanda Coleman, acting director, corporate communications, Greater Manchester Police

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