Every day is different within police communications. You’ll be be a force for good to the people of Greater Manchester. Not only do we actually make a difference; we offer work that’s always different: there is no typical day.
But don’t just take our word for it. Some of our team have shared some insight into their journey so far.
Rash, Social Media and Engagement Officer
I have been with GMP for over 14 years which I’ve found extremely enjoyable as well as challenging at times. I started my career in GMP as a Web Developer and then after 11 years stepped into the realms of social media as a Social Media and Engagement Officer.
One of my major achievements has been redesigning the Intranet which also involved liaising with people from all departments across the force and ensuring their content was up to date.
One of the most difficult times at GMP has been working through the arena attack due to the nature of the incident and the critical messaging that had to be communicated to the public.
I’ve worked with excellent groups of people over the years who have shown the same enthusiasm as myself. I’ve continued my career with GMP because of the progression I’ve made, my achievements and knowing what I do helps make a difference.
Julie, Media Officer
"Hi, I'm Julie. I'm a Media Officer here at GMP. I love working here because the work is so varied, there's so many different cases to get involved with, and the team are absolutely fantastic to work with"
James, Digital Team Leader
I joined the communications team as a Developer in 2015, gaining a promotion to Senior Digital Officer in 2017, before taking on the reins of Team Leader in 2019. Essentially, I play a crucial role in helping to advance the digital content of Greater Manchester Police by developing and delivering innovative communication plans that are data-driven ensure effective storytelling across fully integrated, multi-channel platforms. Since then, I have revolutionised the digital strategy of the organisation, using data-driven analysis to understand the impact of communications on audiences, and providing insight as to how our activity can be improved across the whole communications and engagement function; I ensure the team works effectively with various stakeholders to deliver compelling work that makes a real difference.
The role can be challenging. I’ve been involved in various major and critical incidents including the response to the Manchester Arena bombing, the introduction of the widely documented iOPS computer system, and the organisation being placed into special measures. It’s taken resilience and support from family, friends, and colleagues to face some of the most difficult days, but the challenges of each of these are what makes working for the second largest police force in England so rewarding.
I’m very proud to have been recognised as employee of the year after playing a key role in successfully delivering several priority projects under the Plan on a Page, the Chief Constable’s strategic plan that successfully drove GMP out of special measures, and to the pedestal of most improved force in the country.
I love my job, no two days are the same, and I thoroughly enjoy the variety and challenges that each day brings. It doesn’t matter how long you have worked here, there will always be something new to get involved in, that you’ve not experienced before, meaning you never stop learning.
Emma, Media Officer
Hi, I'm Emma, and I'm a Media Officer at Greater Manchester Police. I've been here about 6 months now. I feel like I've been here alot longer but it's also gone so quickly with ho wmuch I'm learning. I graduated from university this year, I finished my final exams around May time, and I started here in mid-June, so I think that was the best decision for me - moving straight from uni to this job. Its challenging work, but also so fast paced - you never know what you're going to walk into in the morning - you can be helping officers one minute with appeals to help find suspects; and the then the next be out with officers doing proactive work getting good news on the ground. I think that's also as valuable because we need to push out how much good news the officers are doing because its amazing work, and we need to really showcase that to the public.
Rob, Creative and Digital Manager
I think it’s testament to how interesting, diverse, inclusive and fun policing can be as a career the fact that I’ve been here nearly 20 years. When I started I thought there wouldn’t be much scope for progression as my role was specialised. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
After starting as a software developer and rising through several other levels, I’m now part of the Senior Leadership Team. A journey I wouldn’t change for the world.
There is no other industry that can ensure each day is like no other and can keep your interest piqued at all times.
Most of all, you are part of a team that works together to make a real difference to people’s lives. Nothing else will ever be as rewarding.