Communications and Engagement Officer – Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey

Employment Type: Permanent

Location: Mount Browne Headquarters, Guildford

Working Hours: Full Time

Salary: £26,744 – £31,941

Closing Date: 21-06-2019

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) is looking for a skilled and confident communicator who can raise public awareness of its role and help build relationships with Surrey’s communities.

We are seeking a talented and motivated individual who can bring new and creative ideas to our small but strategically important communications team.

Daily activity in this role is never dull and could range from handling an enquiry from a national newspaper, setting up an engagement event or dealing with the regular contact we receive from members of the public.

The successful candidate will need to be a self-starter who can demonstrate a keen eye for detail, strong writing skills and a sound knowledge of communication and community engagement in practice to a range of audiences.

They will also need to be adept at creating and updating eye-catching content which can increase our social media reach across all channels including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

The post-holder needs to be comfortable dealing with the media at both a local and national level, key stakeholders and partner organisations. Experience in video editing, photography and using WordPress is desirable but not essential.

They will be responsible for identifying creative opportunities to engage more local residents and community groups in the work of the OPCC. The role will also provide vital support to the Policy Officer responsible for enquiries and complaints from members of the public.

This is a full-time, permanent post which would suit a candidate in the early stages of a career in communications with opportunities for receiving relevant training and the potential for gaining industry qualifications.

It may involve some weekend and evening work on occasion and will also involve regular travel around the county so a full driving licence and access to a car for business purposes are essential.

If this sounds like the opportunity for you – please see further information and apply by the closing date of June 21st here.

Interviews will be held the week commencing July 1st.

Independent Custody Visitors are members of the public recruited by the Police and Crime Commissioner to visit police stations at random to check on the treatment of people held in custody by the police.

As an Independent Custody Visitor, you would have a vital role in ensuring the welfare of persons in police custody in Surrey. You would be assigned to a panel and, together with another Independent Custody Visitor, be asked to visit police stations in that panel area unannounced to check on the treatment of people being held in custody. The role is voluntary (unpaid), although travelling expenses are paid. A police check will be conducted on all applicants prior to their appointment.

Who can apply?

– You must be over 18 and live or work in the Surrey policing area

– Own transport is needed (travel expenses will be paid)

– No previous experience required

– You will need to be observant, impartial, able to record detail, and talk to people without judging

– Where there could be a conflict of interest (e.g. if you are also a magistrate) you will not be considered suitable If this sounds like the opportunity for you – please see further information and apply by the closing date here:

Time commitment

– An average of 3 to 5 hours a month

– Appointments last for 3 years

– Custody visitors are re-appraised and appointments extended every 3 years by mutual agreement

Training & support

– Full training is provided including classroom training sessions and training visits to custody

– On-going training is provided

– Custody visitors meet up in panels every quarter to discuss visits

– Annual events and conferences are available


For more information and to download the application forms for the scheme, please click here.