26th November 2001




Lincolnshire’s top police press officer will give university students an insight this week into how the police handle relations with the media.


Public Relations students at the University of Lincoln will hear Tony Diggins, Head of the Corporate Communications Department for Lincolnshire Police, discuss ‘Police and the Media in a Free Democratic Society’ on Thursday 29th November.


Mr Diggins will also present materials from the International Commanders Course normally available only through the Police Staff College at Bramshill.


“The talk will give PR students and others a rare opportunity to consider the intricacies of police relations with the media,” said Sarah Chadd, a lecturer in Public Relations at the university.


“In the light of recent world events Mr Diggins’ own special responsibilities for terrorism protection and disaster action make this a remarkably topical event.”


Among the issues Mr Diggins will address are:



Tony Diggins is a member of the Institute of Public Relations and a former chair, vice chair and secretary of the Association of Chief Police Officers’ National Conference of Police Press and Public Relations Officers.


He served in the police force in the UK and in Bermuda before joining New Scotland Yard’s Metropolitan Police Directorate of Public Affairs.


Students and members of the public seeking to understand police media strategy are welcome to attend the lecture, which will take place at 9am in lecture room 1001B in the university’s Learning Resource Centre at Brayford Pool. Admission is free.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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