A Tweeting policeman from Harrogate is in the running for a major award to recognise his efforts in the world of social media.
PC Ed Rogerson, who has more than 4,300 followers on Twitter, has been selected for a leadership award.
Well known around Harrogate for his social media and YouTube videos, ‘The Tweeting Policeman’ has featured in The Sun, The Mail and the Guardian for his work.
He will now be joined by fellow North Yorkshire Police officer, special constable Tom Stirling, at the ConnectedCops Awards in America next month.
Both are in line to be recognised for their efforts to engage with the public through ‘new technologies’.
“North Yorkshire Police has led the way in the use of social media for community engagement,” said PC Rogerson, who covers the Pannal, Rossett, Stray and Beckwithshaw wards.
“We were the first force to conduct online community meetings and the first to use YouTube, Facebook and Twitter for this purpose.”
PC Rogerson is widely recognised as the first officer in the UK to use social media for community engagement and he is often held up as an example of best practice.
“It’s an honour for me just to have been nominated for this award, let alone being announced as a finalist,” he said.
SC Stirling, North Yorkshire Police’s new media officer, has also been nominated for an award for his work to design the UK’s first mobile police app for smartphones.
“I’m really pleased to have been shortlisted,” he said.
“We have lots of exciting plans for the future, and we will keep innovating to make sure this engagement goes from strength to strength.”