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News - 7 August 2012
iCops lead the way on the world wide web
Two North Yorkshire police officers have been nominated for an international award for their trailblazing work in using social media for policing purposes.
The Connected Cops award is given to an individual officer up to and including the rank of sergeant at a worldwide law enforcement agency, who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in using social media to improve public safety and enhance the engagement or reputation of their organisation.
Police Constable Ed Rogerson and Special Constable Tom Stirling are both in line to be recognised for their efforts to engage with the public through new technologies at the ConnectedCops Awards in America next month. They have both been selected for the Leadership Award and are joined by three other nominees, an officer from Hampshire Police and two officers from police forces in Canada.
PC Rogerson, who is based in Harrogate, is proposed as the first officer in the UK to use social media for community engagement. His use of YouTube and Twitter has been held up as an example of best practice and he regularly gives talks at conferences about his use of social media in policing.
SC Stirling, who is also North Yorkshire police' New Media Officer, has been nominated for his work in designing the UK's first mobile police app for smartphones, giving people easy access to news and updates from their local Safer Neighbourhood Team. He produced the app at no cost to the Force.
For more details from northyorkshirepolice.uk, click here.
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