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Pocket Sergeant wins top London Award after winning public vote

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Former Cleveland and Lincolnshire Police Officer, Paul Cooper talks about his mobile app being used by police forces and the app’s latest award win in London.

Paul Cooper left his policing career behind in October 2016 due to the spiraling success of his mobile app, Pocket Sergeant which was developed by Middlesbrough-based Sockmonkey Studios. The app is primarily aimed at police officers and staff which makes their role on the frontline easier.

Pocket Sergeant won the gold award in the Mobile App category at the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards 2016. Winning the award meant Paul was invited to the Digital Awards Champions 2017 event at the prestigious BFI Southbank, London. Here, Pocket Sergeant faced other gold award winners from other Digital Awards schemes.

Pocket Sergeant won gold on 9 February after racking up the most public votes and was the only nominee from Cambridgeshire to take gold.

Paul who now lives in Market Deeping, Peterborough is delighted at the level of recognition his mobile app is receiving. The app has received a lot of recognition on social media too with existing police officers recommending Pocket Sergeant to their Chief Constables and key decision makers amongst their digital teams.

“There are now over 16,000 Pocket Sergeant followers on Twitter alone. Over the last month, Twitter has been going crazy with police officers bringing the app to the attention of their key decision makers. As a result, this has raised the app’s profile. There are now numerous police forces using the app on handsets issued to their front line officers. I have received inquiries from others,” Paul states.

There are many products out there who offer information or reference tools to police which are mainly web based. Paul says, “I am currently reaching out to organisations to collaborate. Often, when organisations come together, the best ideas are created. I want to continue doing good but on a larger scale.”

Pocket Sergeant has over 22,000 users and this is growing rapidly month on month.

Paul is currently offering free trials to police forces throughout the United Kingdom.

Priced as £3.99, Pocket Sergeant is currently available on the Apple and Google Play Stores. Find out more information about the app by visiting the website directly at www.pocketsergeant.co.uk.

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Heartwarming cops share chips with man who hasn’t eaten for days

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Two police officers this evening shared their chips with a man they found on the motorway who hasn’t eaten food in days.

The caring cops showed compassion and humanity when they could have just nicked the lad and sent him off to the cells.

But instead of taking him straight into police custody they stopped off for some chips.

Showing a truly caring side of British traffic cops who often don’t get the best press.

“The cops from the Leicestershire road policing unit tweeted that they had found on motorway suspected to be an illegal immigrant into the UK.

“He’s not eaten for days and we’ve not eaten for hours, so we’ve all shared some fine English cuisine …… a bag of chips!! 👍🏻 🍟”

These truly caring officers have shown this evening that police officers have hearts and they do care about people.

Policing is not always about crime, it’s the small acts of human kindness that go a long way.

We praise these officers for their genuine out of kindness out of their own pocket.

Helen tweeted “I know you’ll probably get people complain but. Compassion, humanity and care are great qualities.”

UK Cop Humour tweeted “Fab stuff and whilst we’re on the topic of spuds: why do potatoes make good detectives? Because they keep their eyes peeled.”

ElAine tweeted “I know some people’s heads will explode at this but well done for your compassion.”

Simply policing at it’s best. What ever your views you have to admit this is compassion and humility at it’s best.

These cops truly deserve to be recognised for great policing work.

Not every job needs to be a tick box, just because it’s a suspected illegal immigrant doesn’t mean they should be treat any different.

Top job with excellent policing skills, that will have ensured this suspect didn’t cause any problems for the officers.

Full up on chips, the officers then processes this man through custody and will refer to the home office immigration services.

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People injured after explosion at London TubeStation

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Police have evacuated a tube station in North London after terrified commuters reported an ‘explosion’ at the height of the rush-hour.

Homeowners and shopowners were told to stay inside after emergency services swamped Southgate Tube Station shortly before 8pm.

There are not believed to be many casualties.

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Awww Cleveland Police have just recruited these four legged friends

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Put your paws up for our two new recruits, Maggie and Skye who are the newest and youngest additions to the Force. At just 12 weeks old, the two English Springer Spaniels will soon begin their training to become Specialist Search Dogs.

Dog Trainer Constable Darren Gobie and Police Constable Chris Lambert are the lucky handlers of the pups. PC Lambert teamed up with a year 4 class at Myton Park School in Ingleby Barwick and allowed them to choose Skye’s name.

Chris and Skye will regularly visit the school over the next 18 months to allow them to follow her training process.

Speaking of the collaboration with the school, PC Lambert said: “I thought it would be a great idea to tie in with a school in the local community.

Recruiting new dogs is a huge deal and it’s an exciting and educational opportunity for the pupils to meet a police dog, choose her name collectively as a team and to better understand the training process for police dogs, and police roles in general.

The children were delighted to participate in this and I am sure they will all build a lovely bond with Skye over the coming months.”

PC Lambert, along with partner agencies will also be using the visits to the school to deliver lessons on internet safety and safety around animals.

The officers and the dogs will need to work very closely as team throughout the training process to build a special bond together.

Training is both mentally and physically challenging for both the dogs and handlers, as every programme must be passed to qualify.

Specialist dogs are used to detect a range of things with their highly developed sense of smell such as money, explosives, drugs and firearms.

They are also trained to work in public places including licenses premises to search for people in possession of narcotics.

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