Running any big organisation takes time, energy and enthusiasm. The Association of Police Communicators could not keep going without the commitment of the Executive Committee. It is the small team that makes sure the national conference happens, a training programme is in place, sharing good practice takes place and that police communicators are represented and have a voice nationally.
I have been privileged to chair APComm for four years and have seen it go from strength to strength and ensuring police communicators work is recognised within the industry. It has been an amazing experience where I have met key people, been involved in national meetings, made connections across the PR and communication world and been able to showcase the great work.
It does require some work at home and at weekends but I also have received fantastic support from both the Chief Constable and Greater Manchester Police. They have recognised the benefits the role has brought the force and have accepted that from time-to-time it means I have to be out of the office on APComm business.
As we head into elections, I would urge you to consider what you could bring to the APComm Executive Committee. How would you like to see police communication develop? How could you support colleagues to continue to improve what we do? What should we be looking to develop for the future?
This is the ideal opportunity for enthusiastic people to take APComm forward into 2018 and beyond. If you are interested in learning more about the roles of the Executive Committee and what the work entails please speak to one of the current members. This is your opportunity to give something back to police communication nationally.
Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who has given me such amazing support throughout the past four years that I have been the Chair. I have enjoyed it and will look forward to seeing how APComm develops in the future.