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Corporate Communications Department (389A/20)


I would like to request the following information:

The number of press officers, PR consultants and spin doctors employed by West Midlands Police.

The average salary of press officers

The ethnicity of press officers

The number of press officers employed at each pay grade

The highest annual salary of press officers

The highest overtime pay for a press officer

The budget for the Corporate Communications department

Please provide the same information for the members of the Corporate Communications command team.

Please provide this information for each year since 2010.

For purposes of this request, press officer includes, but not limited to job titles including:

Communications Officer, Press Officer, Account Manager, News Producer, Spin Doctor, PR Consultant


Yes, I can confirm that I’d like the information for each team within Corporate Communications.


Please find attached our response.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.