The stage is set, the awards are ready and the cameras are ready to roll, It’s almost time for The 2016 Police Twitter Awards which will be held in Northampton next week.
The UK’s top police tweeter will be heading to the ceremony, at force headquarters, will be opened by Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Simon Edens.
Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Ian Hopkins will also be addressed at the awards which will be broadcast live on Twitter.
Chief Constable Edens said: “I’m delighted we will be hosting the first Police Twitter Awards ceremony at Northamptonshire Police.
“Many officers, staff and volunteers in the police service were quick to spot the opportunities that social media offers.
“It’s a great way to engage with our communities and inform the public, helping them to help us protect people from harm.
“This event will celebrate the best use of Twitter by those in the service who recognise the value of social media to support good relations between the police and the public.”
There will be 16 awards on the night with a range of categories including best corporate account, best individual police account, best special constable account, best PCSO account and best senior officer accounts.
Awards will also be made in recognition of the best dog and horse accounts as well as Twitter newcomers and best blogging officer among others.
The overall winner will head to Long Beach in California in April next year to represent UK policing at the Social Media and Law Enforcement Conference.
The Police Twitter Awards were established by Ken Worthy in 2011 to recognise officers using the platform to highlight their work.
Although the event has been running for a number of years, it is the first time a physical ceremony has been held.
The event, which has been coordinated by Northamptonshire Police’s Supt Dennis Murray, is being sponsored by Twitter, Police Oracle and Renegade TV.
The 2016 Police Twitter Awards takes place on Friday, December 23rd 2016. You’ll be able to follow all the progress live on Twitter using #poltawards