Greater Manchester Police have been recognised for work to develop social media to support policing at an international conference.
The Force received the award for excellence in a large agency as part of the ConnectedCOPS awards at the SMILE Conference in Birmingham today (Wednesday 10 September). GMP was nominated for the award for work to use social media to help tackle crime and work closer with communities.Â The Force was up against the Dutch National Police and Massachusetts State Police for the global award.
Deputy Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, national lead for social media, said: â€œI am really proud of the work of officers and staff to make the best use of the social media and digital opportunities. Every day they are working with communities to tackle crime and make the streets safer.
â€œThis award is international recognition for our efforts over the last four years but we know that there is still more that we can do to continue to improve the service we provide.â€
Representatives from 11 countries are attending the Social Media Internet Law Enforcement (SMILE) conference which is being held in the UK for the first time.
You can follow your local officers â€“ check out details at www.gmp.police.uk/socialmedia