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North Yorkshire Police To Recruit New Head Of Communications


7:49am 21st November 2013

North Yorkshire's Police Commissioner is defending spending more than £71,000 on a new Head of Communications.

It comes after Julia Mulligan spent £34,000 on a review of how her office and North Yorkshire Police communicate.

In a joint statement, Dave Jones, the Chief Constable for North Yorkshire Police and Julia Mulligan the Police and Crime Commissioner said:

"Communications is at the heart of an effective police service. For some time now the team has been run by a senior police officer and this needs to change, not least to release them back to their operational role supporting the Chief. What's more, the police service urgently needs the expertise of a communications professional to take over the leadership of the team and to develop its capabilities over the longer term. The key challenges have been set out in the independent report recently commissioned and they will take time and expertise to implement.

“The Head of Communications will also ensure that the operational independence of the Chief is protected through the maintenance of a dedicated press office, and that the Commissioner is able to fulfil her duties via her Public Engagement Officer based in a separate office.

“The salary reflects the challenges of the role, its seniority and has been independently assessed by North Yorkshire County Council as well as benchmarked against a similar role recently advertised in South Yorkshire.”

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