Many people have misconceptions about a career with SA Police, and policing organisations in general. Often they are seen as a place to wear a badge and uniform, and not for the human side – where interaction with the community, and supporting it is paramount. What was needed was to take our target group (Males & Females 25-40, indigenous & non-indigenous) on a journey which would show the human qualities of the job. Educating, engaging and converting interest in SA Police into action and applications.
Rather than relying on communications that would just attract attention, we replicated interactions that a candidate might experience as a serving officer. Every day scenarios that had real potential to escalate into dangerous criminal situations. In using this narrative, we identified human attributes we all share – but that officers are trained to draw on in certain situations. The 4 stories, and 17 films created demonstrated to our target audience that you’re much more likely to get personal satisfaction and fulfilment than the average person with SA Police. This allowed us to achieve several belief change milestones. From engagement to awareness, our audiences could recognise they had these attributes, but weren’t putting them to the best use within their current roles. To drive the message home, we used a powerful combination of advertising, social and rich media – which worked seamlessly to communicate with our audience across various touch-points.
The campaign delivered strong numbers, including:
- 1.4 million Digital Impressions
- 1.25m Facebook Impressions
- 40% lift in quality application numbers