South Yorkshire Police, the force at the centre of the ongoing
dispute over the allocation of blame for the Hillsborough tragedy, is
seeking a head of press and public relations.
The vacancy has arisen because the current head of press and PR, Linda
Scott, is leaving. Scott has found other employment but is still
negotiating her new appointment and could not say where she was
Based at South Yorkshire Police’s headquarters in Sheffield, the head of
press takes responsibility for a six-strong department handling media
relations and internal communications.
Key tasks for the PR team are to raise public awareness of policing
standards and advising senior officers on how to present themselves in
The press team are also expected to develop crisis management skills to
react to situations such as high profile murder cases.
The head of PR is responsible for communications tools such as the
force’s internet and staff intranet services.