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Stabbed Police dog Finn’s handler wins national tweeting award

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The National Police Twitter Awards 2017 was hosted by West Yorkshire Police and was held on Friday, November 24th.

The awards took place at the training and development centre at Carr Gate in Wakefield and celebrated the success of police accounts on the social media site over the past twelve months.

Police Dog Handler Police Constable Dave Wardell who was injured and his dog named Finn who was almost killed in a knife attack in Stevenage in October 2016 has tweeted and blogged about Finn and their emotional recovery after the pair were stabbed.

Police Constable Dave Wardell said winning the awards was “unbelievable”.

With over 200 Police Tweeters attending this year’s awards, excitement was building ahead of the awards.

The first award to be announced was the Laws Communications Best Tweeting Corporate account and the winner wasย 


Next was the Police Oracle award for best tweeting individual officer winner isย 

Special Constable’s where next to be honoured at the awards with the best tweeting special constable going toย .


The Best Tweeting PCSO goes to ย 

Next was the Best Tweeting Horse account which goes toย @WYP_Horses.

Dave Wardell & Finn pick up the best tweeting dog account.


Next up is scooping Best Tweeting Informative Account

have been awarded Best Tweeting Roads Police Account


has been awarded Best Tweeting Police Sergeant

Best Tweeting Senior Officer has been awarded to

Best Tweeting Senior Officer has gone to of

Best Informative Police Account (Non Police) has gone to

has picked up Best International Account. Heโ€™s recorded us a special video from America


Best Police Staff Account has been awarded to of


swoops in and picks up Best Aviation Account


No fraudulent activity to be seen here. have deservedly picked up Best Twitter Newcomer


and have picked up Special Recognition Awards


The overall winner has gone to everyoneโ€™s favourite account


The inaugural awards took place in 2011, and have gone from strength to strength with the popularity of Twitter for police and emergency services to communicate to the public increasing each year. The first formal Police Twitter Awards ceremony was held in December 2016 and was hosted by Northamptonshire Police.

Stabbed Police dog Finn's handler wins national tweeting award 1
All the Police Twitter Award Winners 2017 – Credit Police Hour

Chief Constable Dee Collins, who won the 2016 award for Best Tweeting Senior Police Officer said; โ€œI am delighted and proud to be hosting this event in West Yorkshire. The police officers and staff nominated are collectively involved in significantly raising the profile of policing nationally through the positive use of social media.

โ€œFundamentally, the success of policing in the UK is predicated on the relationships we build with our communities, gaining trust and consent through positive engagement and public reassurance. Every finalist and those who were nominated by the public is contributing significantly to improving these relationships, and providing that reassurance in an ever more complex and digital world.โ€

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news. Tweet your news and views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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