Durham Constabulary Twitter account has made it to the finals of the UK Police Twitter Awards.
@DurhamFraud, manned by Tony Murray of the Specialist Crime Operations Unit, has been active for less than a year, and has already garnered a substantial following.
As one of four finalists in the ‘Best Twitter Newcomer’ category, the account aims to educate in the field of fraud prevention.
Tony said: “I’m incredibly proud to learn that we’ve been nominated. There are lots of fantastic police Twitter accounts out there, and I’d urge everyone to look them up and give them a follow.
“Our primary goal is to spread valuable lessons in protecting ourselves against fraud and cybercrime, and the support we’ve received online has been an invaluable tool in doing so.”
A particular success for @DurhamFraud has been the #Tell2 campaign, which encourages people to tell another two people about the key advice they have learned.
“We could all do with being a little bit more aware about the dangers fraud presents. I’d love to tell everyone, but if we each tell just two people, the message will spread.”
The winners of the Police Twitter Awards will be announced on November 24, with the overall winner being flown to Miami for the Social Media & Law Enforcement Conference in May 2018.