In this section you will find a range of useful resources to support your professional development and expand your knowledge of policing.
APComm mentoring scheme
The APComm mentoring scheme provides an opportunity for members of the Association to receive one-to-one developmental support from fellow police / PCC communicators.
While our mentors may not have undertaken formal mentorship training, they have the skills and experience to support mentees.
There are many benefits to having a mentor, including guidance on career development, receiving advice on a range of job related skills, helping to build self-confidence or receiving support through challenging situations.
Apply below by completing the relevant form:
Mentee application form
Mentor application form
College of Policing
The professional body for policing in England and Wales. The purpose of the College is to provide those working in policing with the skills and knowledge necessary to prevent crime, protect the public, and secure public trust. Membership is open to police staff and volunteers as well as officers.
National Police Library
Access policing journals online and borrow material.
The website for all government departments and many other agencies and public bodies.
Here you can see all policies, announcements, publications, statistics and consultations.
Government Communication Service
A great resource for information on building personal development plans and developing your core communications competencies.
Government Digital Service (Blog)
This popular blog rounds up posts from across all GDS blogs looking at all aspects of digital communications from how to get the most out of your channels to developing digital public services.
CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations)
Professional body for public relations practitioners. CIPR offers a wide variety of training courses and programmes and a range of professional qualifications.
There are also a number of toolkits and best practice guides to access even if you are a non-member.
PRCA (Public Relations and Communications Association)
Like CIPR, the PRCA offers a range of training opportunities, qualifications and events. There are also a number of free and priced publications to download.
National Police Web Managers (Facebook group)
This is a closed group and requires an invitation from an administrator. Contact Vice Chair David Bailey for more information.
Here are some useful resource documents to help you with your communications planning: