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The Police Twitter Awards Finalists are just days away from being announced

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This year the Police Twitter Awards will be hosted by Cheif Constable Dee Collins at West Yorkshire Police, who currently happens to be the best tweeting Cheif Constable.

Last year Police Hour travelled to the Police twitter Awards and was in awe of the incredible talented folk in the room.

And this year’s awards are nearly upon us we just need some finalists, And to be honest we cannot wait to see who is going to be on that list this year.

Twitting & Policing

The 2016 Twitter what a year, they brought twitter to policing and the community they serve and made a positive engaging difference.

Managing to put the most serious incidents into just 140 characters and we mean some of the most successful twitter appeals that have resulted in high risk missing people and children being found with the help and support of the power of social media.

The Police Tweet Awards is one of those meaningful events and an opportunity of a lifetime to be involved with.

History of the Police Tweet Awards

When Twitter was launched in 2006, no one really knew or could understand just how important the social media network would become in relation to the use of Twitter by the police and Law Enforcement agencies.

Police Officers nervously began opening Twitter accounts, The main corporate perception was not great and professional standards often became involved to discourage officers from tweeting, social media policy was introduced and the power of Twitter began to set in.

Twitter is now a key communication tool for Twitter and policing it gets key messages out fast and allows police teams and individual officers to get key information and appeals out in real time.

Police Officers and staff often give up their own time to monitor and respond to messages to their Twitter accounts 24/7 something that isn’t done in working and operational policing time.

The founding father of the police twitter awards and one of the most respected men within the policing twitter community whose passion never fails him to be creative and engaging to ensure new officers and older accounts are supported each and every day on Twitter Mike Kenworthy came up with the idea and launched the UK Twitter Awards in 2011 and since then without fail every year he has dedicated his time and commitment to ensure they happen.

Now the organisers Mike Pannett, Dennis Murray & Kerry Blakeman continue to help Mike Kenworthy deliver successful awards ceremony each and every year.

When are the finalists announced? 

The finalists will be announced on the 9th October 2017, If you are announced as a finalist you will need to book November Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th off work if you plan on travelling to the awards.

Local hotels?

As soon as the finalists are announced we’d recommend booking local hotels. The cheapest hotels we have found below, but hurry as prices will increase as the time gets closer, local hotels are as follows.

Premier Inn  Paragon Business Park, Herriot Way, Wakefield WF1 2UJ. 

Holiday Inn Express Queen Street, Wakefield, WF1 1JU.

 

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RAF Mildenhall incident is not terror related

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Police investigating an incident at RAF Mildenhall can confirm that the incident is not being treated as terrorism.

A 44 year old British man was initially arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass.

The male, who sustained cuts and bruises in the incident, has been taken into custody. Police are not looking for anyone else on the site in relation to the incident.

There is no wider threat to the public or occupants on the base and no other people have been injured as a result of the incident.

The incident remains a police investigation at this time and enquiries are on-going and police are receiving support from other law enforcement agencies.

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Police Hour readers raise £6k in memory of PC James Dixon who sadly died on duty

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Police Hour readers have raised over £6K in the memory of PC James Dixon who tragically died on duty on December 5th, 2017.

Despite money being tight around this time of the year the Police Hour community has pulled together and raised over £6,000 to support the family of Police Constable James Dixon.

The funds raised will be transferred to the Thames Valley Police Federation once the fundraiser is complete.

James Dixon a road policing officer based at Loddon Valley police station, near Reading, was riding his police motorcycle when he was sadly killed.

We’d like to thank our readers for helping us raise this money that will go a long way to support the family and especially sam his wife and their baby who is on the way.

This money will be used to support Sam his wife and their unborn baby to ensure they are supported.

Police Hour wants to be able to support the families and with the help of our readers, that has been made possible.

Thank you to everyone who has donated and even those who can’t spare any money but helped share the appeal.

If you’d like to help support and raise funds for PC James Dixon please click here to donate. 

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Shots fired as ‘car rams gate’ at US Air Force base in Suffolk

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It has been confirmed that shots have been fired after a car rammed the gates of a US Air Force base in Suffolk.

A man attempted to drive his car to force the vehicle into the barriers at the entrance to the RAF Mildenhall near Bury Sy Edmunds at 1pm on Monday.

Suffolk Police have confirmed that American Service personnel fired shots during the incident and now the site is now placed on lockdown.

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that one person has been arrested.

It is believed that a car tried to ram the gates and the base has been placed on lockdown.

Police have asked members of the public to avoid the area for the time being.

Police have released a statement only to confirm they are dealing with an incident

“The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that one person has been arrested.

“It’s been reported that a car tried to ram the gates and the base has been placed on lockdown.

“Police have asked members of the public to avoid the area for the time being.”

Police released a further statement just after 1530 confirming they believed there was no wider threat.

“Police are continuing to deal with an ongoing incident at RAF Mildenhall, it is considered that there is no wider threat to the public or occupants on the base.

“One man has been arrested and police are not looking for anyone else on the site”.

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