Media Officer

Corporate Communications
Kidlington
TVP Broad Band 3H
Band 3H, circa £32,000 per annum plus 3% shift allowance, 5% on-call allowance and other benefits.
Full Time
Permanent

Thames Valley Police is the largest non-metropolitan force in the UK, covering three counties: Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire, with a population of more than 2.3m people.

 

The role of Media Officer at Thames Valley Police is a busy one, in the last few years alone the force has policed the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, collaborated with documentary makers to create Channel 4’s Catching a Killer series and responded to the terrorist attack in Reading last summer.

 

Within this role, you will write press releases to appeal for information relating to serious crimes and publicise the good work of the force. You will also answer enquiries from local, national and international media. You will also support to organise media interviews, manage the media at operational incidents, and press conferences/briefings.

 

The ideal candidate for this role will have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to remain calm and respond quickly and accurately while under pressure. You will have a good standard of education with a nationally recognised communications qualification or working towards accreditation (e.g. NCTJ Proficiency Test, CAM Dip). You will need to travel to different locations across the Force area to undertake assignments in a timely manner. For this reason a full UK driving licence is considered essential.

 

Once trained, you will work shifts, which are either: 7am-3pm, 8am-4pm, 9am-5pm, 10am-6pm. Further, you will required to work one week on-call and one weekend in every seven weeks.

 

If you have any queries about the role please contact James Williams, Thames Valley Police External Communications Manager at james.williams@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk 

As part of the Thames Valley Police family you will enjoy a fantastic range of benefits including 22-30 days annual leave per annum pro-rata for part time (plus Bank Holidays), flexible working conditions, a wide range of lifestyle discounts, career development opportunities and have the option to join a local government pension scheme. To view a full list of our benefits, please click the below link. 

If you have any queries please contact Recruitment Department at RecruitmentPoliceStaff@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk quoting reference 17792. We will endeavour to respond to your query as quickly as possible. 

Please use Google Chrome when completing your application, wherever possible, as this will enhance performance. 

The closing date for enquiries and receipt of completed applications is Sunday 25th April 2021.

Benefits

Police Officers and Police Staff have access to a fantastic range of benefits, dependant on role, location and length of service. To view a full list of our benefits please click here

Important

All posts require a level of Police Vetting as per the National Vetting Code of Practice. The residency requirement is necessary to enable all applicants to be checked in an equitable manner. Thames Valley Police will allow applicants to apply who do not necessarily reach the criteria as long as they have proven UK residency and supporting evidence where necessary. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

At Thames Valley Police, we are committed to better reflect the communities that we serve.  We encourage applications from our under represented communities including all ethnic or religious backgrounds, LGBTQ+, women and those with disabilities.  

Within our organisation we have a number of active staff support networks.  We are proud to be a ‘Disability Confident’ Level 2 ‘Employer’ that is supported by RAMP – our dedicated reasonable adjustments process.   For more information, please visit our ‘Supporting You’ page on our website, www.tvpcareers.co.uk/supporting-you.

We are also proud to have a Positive Action and Engagement team who can provide support and guidance to anyone from a Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic background throughout the Police Officer recruitment process as well as advise on career development and progression.  They can be contacted via: positiveactionteam@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk  

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