PUBLIC SECTOR: Police agency hunts for comms head

The Ministry of Defence Police Agency (MDP) is looking for a head of corporate comms. The search follows the departure of incumbent Mervyn Dadd to take up the chief comms post with Norfolk Constabulary.

The head of corporate comms for the MDP leads a four-strong team, sitting on the management board. The appointee will assume a role that includes involvement in planning the business cycle of the force; dealing with policy issues, media enquiries and proactive communications efforts.

They will also be tasked with providing media training to staff across the force.

The MDP comprises 3,500 officers and 200 civilian staff at more than 100 locations across the UK. Most media enquiries relating to the MDP concern sporadic high-profile incidents relating to national security, and the arrest of protestors on MoD property.

In his new role in Norfolk, Dadd oversees a team of nine covering media relations enquiries across the county.

He said that his appointment follows a period of concerted efforts to improve communications within the force, which has seen its website revamped, the frequency of its magazine increased from four to ten issues per year, and increased consultation with the public.

Dadd added that the force has made a concerted effort to discover where the public needed reassurance on crime and policing: 'We need to let them know that even though there may not be a policeman at the end of each street, there are officers on hand to respond if they need them.'

As part of continuing developments, the force has purchased new computer equipment to co-ordinate its response to media enquiries countywide.

It is understood that the lure of working with a larger force and the greater day-to-day PR activity involved was instrumental in Dadd's decision to move to Norfolk.

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