How we work with the media
Information to help you if you are a member of the media and want to find out about the service our Corporate Communication department provides to journalists and photographers.
Our Media Relations team
The team provides a 24-hour a day, 365 days a year service, to local, national and international media covering breaking news and latest updates from the force.
How we make information available to the media
Information on cases and appeals will always be released by the media relations team on the news section of our website first. You can also follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook to receive instant updates.
During office hours
Our office is staffed Monday to Friday, between 7.30am and 5pm. Our phone number is 0115 967 2080.
Outside of office hours
When our office is closed, we have an on-call service. For breaking incidents only (not routine enquiries), the on-call Media Relations Officer can be contacted via our control room on 101. Please ask to speak to our Control Room Managers when you call.
Frequently Asked Questions
Requesting an interview
I'm a journalist – who do I contact to request an interview or for information on a story about Nottinghamshire Police?
First, make sure you've checked our news section. It's updated daily and will always contain the latest updates on ongoing cases and appeals.
To request an interview with an officer, make sure you know the name of who you want to interview and have some information about the investigation or issue.
I'm a student. How can I get an interview about an issue or help with my course?
We receive many requests from students to help with their coursework or to carry out an interview as part of an assignment. Not every request can be accommodated, due to the demand and availability of officers and staff.
Where possible, a media relations officer will try to help you, but we ask that before calling us, you are fully prepared and have done some research about who you want to speak to, the context of the topic and ensure that we are the correct organisation to contact for your request.
I'm making a documentrary. How can I invite Nottinghamshire Police to take part?
We receive many requests for documentaries from a variety of organisations. Any documentary request we receive will be assessed on its individual merit.
You should email a full proposal outlining your programme's content and timescales to the contact details provided above for consideration.
How do we deal with photographers at incidents?
The presence of a photographer or reporter at an incident doesn't constitute any unlawful obstruction or interference and, where possible, our officers and staff should actively help you to do your job by creating a vantage point without hindering our investigation.
You should be treated fairly and politely, and while you may be asked what you're doing, an officer has no power or moral responsibility to stop you from filming or photographing incidents or police personnel, or asking questions of other parties.
It's not a police officer’s role to be the arbiter of good taste and decency even if they disagree with what you are doing.
If you have any concerns about this while at a scene, please contact our media relations team using the contact details provided above.
I am reporting on a court case. How do I request a photograph of an offender?
We can only release a photograph of a convicted offender if it meets the
criteria set by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
Please complete our Media Picture Request Form, providing all the relevant details. Once the form has been submitted, we will consider your request and inform you as soon as possible whether a photograph can be released.
I've been following a court case. How do I contact a victim and/or their family afterwards to ask them to take part in a newspaper or magazine interview?
After a court case, victims of crime and their families may be asked to consider taking part in a magazine interview if it's appropriate.
A letter outlining your contact details and more details about what you are requesting should be attached to an email to the contact information provided on this page stating which case it relates to. This will be passed to the Family Liaison Officer to discuss with the victim and/or their family.
If they decide they want to take part in an interview, and the victim wants us to support them, a media relations officer will help them and liaise with you.
If they don't want our support with the process, they will be expected to contact you directly to tell you what their decision is.