Fedorcio to tread a new beat at the Met

Dick Fedorcio, a former president of the IPR, has been appointed director of public affairs and internal communication at the Metropolitan Police Service.

Dick Fedorcio, a former president of the IPR, has been appointed

director of public affairs and internal communication at the

Metropolitan Police Service.



Fedorcio joins at the end of this month from public affairs and PR

consultancy Westminster Advisers, where he is a consultant.



He replaces Sarah Cullum, who retired in April this year. Deputy head of

public affairs Charles Dodsworth, who has been acting director since

Cullum’s departure and was in the running for the pounds 60,000 a year

job, will remain deputy.



Fedorcio will advise commissioner Sir Paul Condon on media relations and

will report to deputy commissioner Brian Hayes. ’One of the big issues I

hope to be working on is the creation of a new London authority,’ said

Fedorcio, referring to Labour’s proposals for an elected body for the

capital.



He will oversee a department of 70 staff, and will co-ordinate both

internal and external communications.



Three assistant directors, responsible for news, public order and

internal communications and performance, will report to Fedorcio.



The Metropolitan Police Service does not retain a PR agency, preferring

to keep its PR in-house.



Prior to joining Westminster Advisers, Fedorcio was director of

communication at the Electricity Association from 1994 to 1996.



He has more than 20 years experience in local government, and was

director of corporate communications at Kent County Council until

1994.



Fedorcio is familiar with London issues, having started his career in PR

at the GLC, where he stayed for ten years from 1971.



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