Blue Line, The Podcast: Helen Escott, RCMP Newfoundland & Labrador’s first communications strategist
October 1, 2019 By Renée Francoeur
We are celebrating women in law enforcement this fall!
Each month, Blue Line, The Podcast is profiling some of the many passionate officers and civilian employees in law enforcement agencies who strive every day to make a difference.
In this episode of Blue Line, The Podcast, we catch Helen C. Escott from her home in St. John’s, N.L. Helen created the RCMP’s Media Relations/Communications Unit in Newfoundland and Labrador in 1998. She became the first female senior communications strategist and media relations spokesperson for the RCMP in that province.
She was the communications lead on high-profile events, including the RCMP’s Newfoundland and Labrador response on 9/11.
“It was a very frightening time,” Escott shares. “People didn’t know what it was… Was it the beginning of World War III?”
She says she’d never seen the subsequent chain of command in motion before. Within seconds her voicemail was full and she had to bring someone in to answer the phones.
“When I look back at it, I’ve just never seen anything like it.”
She also wrote and implemented the Atlantic Region Communication Strategies to take down organized crime and outlaw biker gangs and was the only communications strategist asked to teach the media relations course for senior management and RCMP members at the Canadian Police College in Ottawa.
She’s also the owner/writer of “I am Funny Like That,” a blog turned book with over 200,000 readers.
Listen to the SoundCloud link below for the full conversation or on Apple Podcasts under Annex Business Media: Podcasts.
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