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The Police Twitter Awards 2017 Finalists have just been announced

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The wait is finally over after months of voting, counting and verifying The Police Awards 2017 finalists have been announced.

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

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

With this year’s awards almost here we have some finalists and there are some fantastic accounts within the mix who we cannot wait to meet at this year’s awards.

Who are the finalists?

Cat 1 – Best Corp Account are . . .

Cat 2 – Best tweeting individual. . .

Cat 3 – Best tweeting special . . .

Cat 4 Best PCSO . .

Cat 5 Best mounted finalists . .

Cat6 Best dog account finalists . .

Cat 7 Best informative account  . .

Cat 8 Best RPG (Road policing) . .

Cat 9 Best Sgt account .. .

Cat 10 Best Insp to Csupt . .

Cat 11 Best finalists Best tweeting senior officer ACC to Chief  .

Cat 12 Best informative finalists . . .

Cat 13 Best international finalists . . .

Cat 14 Best police staff finalists . . .

Cat 15 Best aviation finalists . . .

Cat 16 Best newcomer finalists . . . .

Good luck to everyone who has been announced. We are proud of you all.

Big thanks to the sponsors

This year’s Police Twitter Awards is sponsored by Police Oracle, Motorola SolutionsLaw Comms. Without there kind support the Police Awards would not be possible.

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.

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 winners announced? 

The winners will be announced on the Friday 24th November 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?

Hotels will now be filling up fast 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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Four Iraqis win damages against MoD following their treatment during invasion

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Four Iraqi Citizens have won a high court damages against the Ministry of Defence.

The case was relating to their ill treatment and unlawful detention during the invasion of Iraq.

It was heard that they were unlawfully imprisoned and ill-treated by British armed forces.

The Judge ruled that all four would be entitled to compensation under the Human Rights Act with one of those men being awarded more than £30K.

After Mr Justice Leggatt’s ruling, lawyers said the result of the four test cases could form the basis of settlement of more than 600 unresolved claims in what is known as the Iraqi Civilian Litigation.

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‘Trauma Teddies’ police officers give our teddies to children they meet at incidents they attend

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A scheme where police officers give a cuddly toy to young children they meet during their daily patrols has been expanded across the North East.

The ‘Trauma Teddies’ scheme was launched in September but was started as a pilot operation that just covered part of Newcastle.

It involved knitted teddy bears being stored in patrol cars of response officers so that they can hand it to young children they meet when responding to incidents.

They could be handed to children who were involved in a road traffic collision or to a young child who had gone missing.

In the last month, the scheme has received an overwhelming response from local communities with more than a hundred teddies donated across the force.

Now the decision has been made to expand the pilot forcewide so patrol cars in Gateshead, Sunderland, North Tyneside and Northumberland will carry ‘Trauma Teddies’.

Chief Inspector Clare Langley has overseen the implementation of the scheme in Northern Area Command and said they could be a vital tool to help comfort young children.

She said: “This is a really fantastic scheme that has already had a number of success stories in Newcastle during the pilot.

“We have had an overwhelming response from the public and more than a hundred knitted teddies have been handed in by members of the public.

“It made sense to expand this scheme across the force as in the short time we have been running it we have found there is clearly an appetite to keep it going.

“Many of the children we come into contact with are scared, frightened and have never had any contact with the police before.

“Our officers are fantastic at comforting these young children but giving a child a teddy bear can be the thing that really builds a connection with them.”

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, said: “I very much welcome this initiative to Northumbria. It recognises the effect a traumatic experience can have on a child and such a simple gesture is a step towards making a child’s experience less painful.

“Our officers sometimes have to attend devastating road traffic accidents or are called out to domestic incidents where a child has witnessed frightening scenes which result in seeing someone they know, and even love,
being taken away.

“A teddy won’t fix things but if it can help officers distract a child from what’s happening and offer them some comfort. I’m very thankful to everyone who has donated these bears – they will make a difference.”

Trauma Teddies were first introduced in Australia in a bid to comfort young children whose families had been left homeless by forest fires.

It was then adopted by the Red Cross to comfort young refugees before arriving in the UK when it was adopted by some police forces.

Victims First Northumbria suggested the scheme in the region and collected the first batch of teddies as well as producing a number of colouring books to hand out.

One of the early success stories includes a four-year-old boy who went missing and thought he was in trouble when he returned to see police at his house.

He was inconsolable until police handed him a teddy at which point his face “lit up” and he realised police weren’t just there to tell him off.

And last week a two-year-old boy was handed a ‘Trauma Teddy’ to comfort him after his mother was involved in an incident in North Shields and had to be spoken to by police.

Chief Inspector Langley said the teddies were really important to help show children at a young age that they could speak to their local police.

She added: “A lot of the work we do in schools and in our local communities is all about breaking down those barriers between children and police.

“We don’t want kids growing up with a negative view of the police and an opinion that our only role is to lock them up when they’ve done something wrong.

“This is about showing them that we are people to and that they can come to us whenever they have any concerns.”

Rachel Hardman, of Victims First Northumbria, said: “The Trauma Teddies appeal has been imperative in providing support to children across Northumbria.

“At VFN, we are keen to work with our partners to provide an excellent service to victims across Northumbria.

“Once a child receives a teddy and a safety colouring book, VFN receive a notification and we make contact with that family to provide support.

“This means that once the initial incident has been taken care of by our partners the Police, VFN can continue to provide independent support and coordinate a range of needs the family or indeed the child may have.

“We are really pleased and grateful for all the donations that have been received and are confident that the appeal will continue to be a success.”

Anyone who wants to help, or donate a bear, can get in touch by emailing either [email protected] or drop them off at their local station.

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Woman arrested for driving stolen mobility scooter in reckless manner

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Police in Hartlepool came across an unusual incident while on a routine patrol of the town centre.

The Hartlepool Neighbourhood Police team managed to stop a stolen mobility scooter, now we aren’t too sure if a pursuit was given but if there was we are sure the footage would be unreal.

And we are fairly sure those cops responding to the incident won’t hear the end of this one back in the parade room for the next couple of years.

Anyways getting back to the story because this is, after all, a very serious incident, officers have described it as ‘one of the strangest jobs they’ve dealt with’.

Not only had the woman stole the mobility scooter she could not even drive it. Police Say she was spotted driving the Scooter in a reckless manner while under the influence of alcohol.

Cops managed to get their hands on her and lock her up but now they have the job of finding out whos scooter it is.

The cops admitted this was Perhaps one of the strangest jobs officers have dealt with in recent times.

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