1) Is there a dedicated corporate communications / press department in this police force? If not, does your police force share or are in collaboration with another police force?
2) What is the name of the department(s) that deals with public relations, the press and social media in this police force? And have there been any previous names that this department was known by?
3) When was this department first established?
4) Who has operational control of the department – the Chief Constable or PCC? And is this likely to change in the next year?
5) How many people currently work in this department?
6) How many people worked in this department in 2004 and 1994?
7) What is the yearly budget for this department from 2000-2014?
8) Which social media / networking websites does your police force use? How many official Twitter accounts and Facebook pages are there for this police force?
9) Does your police force have a Press/Media policy? If so, when was the earliest policy first introduced and where can I find a copy of the latest policy?
10) Does your police force have a digital media / social networking policy? If so, when was the earliest policy first introduced and where can I find a copy of the latest policy?
11) How many complaints have been made between 2005 and 2014 regarding police officers or staff posting inappropriate comments/material online?
12) How many investigations have been conducted / complaints received in relation to the inappropriate disclosure of information to third parties (e.g. press)both through conventional mediums and social media between 2004 and 2014?
Please find attached our response.
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