I have had a brief break from blogging due to some issues at home that have required more than my full attention. But just over a week ago I had a conversation that has stayed with me.
It was an interview to help a student with their work something that I am always happy to do because I know how important it was to me to have that support all those years ago. We discussed communication and PR during a crisis and how it had changed over the two decades I have been working in police communication roles.
All was fine and then the last question was given the horrible and tragic circumstances that often have to be faced why do I do it. It was an interesting thought and something I rarely try to analyse.
The answer was simple. I want to do it because I want to use communication to help people and particularly when they are at the lowest point in their life. What could be more rewarding than knowing that you have made a difference to someone facing huge trauma. It may sound a bit cheesy but it is the truth.
During my time in police communication I have been able to do this many times and I see the team doing it on a daily basis. That is what helps me to get up in the morning. That is what helps me when I have to work late or at a weekend. That is what has kept me motivated in the role I have had for 10 years.
It is almost a bonus that the people I work with are amazing and do amazing things on a daily basis. It is a privilege to be a part of a team that has helping people at the heart of what it does.