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
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
Fedorcio is familiar with London issues, having started his career in PR
at the GLC, where he stayed for ten years from 1971.