West Yorkshire hosts Police Twitter Awards (24 Nov 2017)

West Yorkshire Hosts Police Twitter Awards 2017

West Yorkshire Police will host the 2017 national Police Twitter Awards @policeawards today, Friday November 24.

The event will take place at the Force's training and development centre at Carr Gate in Wakefield and will celebrate the success of police accounts on the social media site over the past twelve months.

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.

As well as hosting the awards, West Yorkshire Police has a number of nominees listed as finalists in this year's awards, including Chief Constable Dee Collins @WYPDeeCollins in the category of Best Tweeting Senior Officer, and West Yorkshire Police Mounted Section @WYPHorses in the category of Best Tweeting Horse Account. Inspector David Harland @WYPDavidHarland and PCSO Sarah Barberini @WYP_SBarberini are also nominated in the categories of Best Tweeting Senior Officer (for the rank of Inspector to Superintendent) and Best Tweeting PCSO.

The awards are managed by a team of people who created the Police Twitter Awards after seeing the success that police were having using social media to engage with their communities.

Chief Constable Dee Collins, who won the 2016 award for Best Tweeting Senior Police Officer said; "I 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.

"Fundamentally, 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."

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "It's so important to recognise the good work of our officers and staff in engaging and communicating with our communities, especially in the current challenging climate the police service face. Officers and staff that run these accounts take the responsibility very seriously, often putting large amounts of their own time into managing them.

"Social media is now a hugely powerful tool with a host of benefits. It allows engagement with the public and partners like never before. In crisis situations our accounts become trusted sources of information and advice preventing further harm. We raise awareness of help for vulnerable people and victims of crime and appeal for information to help solve crime. It allows the public to get in touch and feedback at times which suit them. And crucially, it's extremely effective and has an immediate reach to communities. Congratulations to everyone that has been nominated and I'm delighted that we are able to host this year's Twitter Awards at our Carr Gate regional training centre which is ideal for such events."

There were over 7800 nominations from members of the public for this year's awards before the finalists were selected by the awards panel. To see the full list of this year's finalists please visit www.policetwitterawards.com

Winners will be announced at the event and live on Twitter from 11.30am. Follow @policeawards and the hashtag #poltawards

West Yorkshire Police are hosting the event, but do not manage the awards. To find out more about the awards visit www.policetwitterawards.com

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