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The Police Twitter Awards are back nominations open today

Police Officers have managed to use 140 characters to reach a wider audience within some of the most serious policing incidents.

They keep us informed and aware by providing accurate updates while sharing the human side of policing.

Tweeting and policing can influence Law enforcement in the UK and around the world, some may think cops should not be tweeting and it’s a waste of time but it is not.

Tweeting and policing has a good impact on community engagement it enables officers to engage with communities, confidence in policing & often builds bridges within the communities our officers work within.

People often feel safer when they see tweets from police officers and allows members of the community to see police officers as human.

Many believe officers tweet in work time the reality is they often don’t have time to tweet at work so they’ll do it in their own time when they are at home simply because they care.

They will respond and engage with members of the public in their own time which can only be a good thing and that is simply what makes tweeting and the Police Twitter Awards so special.

When a child is missing 140 characters makes a difference, when someone has been abducted again tweets can be key to getting the right messages, they control media speculation and ensure the right policing message is shared.

140 Characters is great for sharing key fraud prevent messages, crime prevention advice and the odd light-hearted or hilarious tweet that often goes viral.

Policing and Tweeting really offers a great community and if you are not already following your local police officers on Twitter you really don’t know what you are missing.

Many will judge and say policing should not be tweeting but in 2019 it is a key communication channel to keep you informed and updated with what is happening within your local community and frankly some officers do fantastically at delivering great tweets within a non-corporate format, a format that breaks down barriers and shows that police officers are human and care about the police they serve and protect.

Police Twitter Awards

The Police Twitter Awards are back and nominations are now open. The Awards recognise good engagement between the police and the community and look to highlight the best use of Twitter within Law Enforcement within the UK and around the world.

This years finalists will be in one of the most iconic policing locations the Steel House Lane Lock Up an authentic Victorian mini-prison within the heart of Birmingham. The Lockup is steeped in policing history and was active for over 125 years before transforming into West Midlands Police History in 2016.

The Police Twitter Awards brings together some very talented police officers who use social media mostly in their own time to engage with the public in creative ways. After all, they are limited to 140 characters.

Previous Winners 

In 2017 Dave Wardell and K9 Finn won the Police Twitter Awards best police dog account and the overall police twitter awards winner. Police Dog Finn was stabbed on duty protecting his handler Dave, they have used Twitter to campaign for Finn’s Law which has now be legislated and recently appeared on Britain’s Got Talent. 

Tony Murray a National Fraud & Economic Crime Protect Officer won Best Newcomer to the Police Twitter Awards, Murray used social media to engage with tweeters in a creative way to send key messages to prevent fraud and inform members of the public how they can avoid becoming a victim of fraud.  Murray was recognised for great engagement in relation to fraud prevention.

UK Cop Humour took the Police Twitter Awards by storm using creative ways to engage with the police and the public. UKCH are well known for simply trying to show the human side of our fantastic Police Officers & raise a bit of money for good causes.

UKCH was recognised for the great engagement showing excellent relations between police officers and members of the public showing policing within a positive light with the occasional cake fine.

Tweeting & 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 Police Twitter Awards launched in 2016 at Northamptonshire Police Headquarters and in 2017 the awards were held at West Yorkshire Police Carr Gate Police Training Centre. After a break in 2018, the awards are back in 2019 and will be held in December 2019 at The Lock Up in Birmingham.

The Police Twitter Awards began in 2011 which ran as an online award to highlight creative and engaging which in which police officers used Twitter to engage with their community.

How to Vote

Voting is simple all you need to do is head to policeawards.co.uk click vote now and complete the voting form. You’ll only be able to vote once but if you leave a category blank you’ll be able to go back in and decide who your voting for. But once you’ve voted an account you won’t be able to change your mind so make sure you vote carefully thinking of why the account should win.

Let us know your views by tweeting @PoliceHour We'll feature the best tweets within the article.

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Trevor Sherwood is the Editor of Police Hour. Trevor studied Crime and Investigation at Teesside Uni and has a background within policing.

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