Social media is information, communication, consultation, democratization, integration, consultation, collaboration

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iconsTHUNDER BAY – Crimebeat – Across North America, progressive policing is including engagement with the public via social media. The use of Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube combined with more public engagement on the Internet can be a great way to prevent crime and build relationships between Law Enforcement and the public.

The Deputy Chief of the Toronto Police Service states, “Social media is information, communication, consultation, democratization, integration, consultation, collaboration…”.

Today, LAwS Communications has announced the ConnectedCOPS™ Awards. This is a new awards program for law enforcement using social media.

The ConnectedCOPS Awards were created with the intent of recognizing the great work being done with social media by individual sworn officers and law enforcement agencies.

Lauri Stevens of LAwS Communications made the announcement at The SMILE Conference™, which ran from March 26 – 28 in Vancouver. There were representatives of Nishnawbe Aski Police Service attending this conference.

Nominations for the 2012 ConnectedCOPS Awards will be accepted April 1 through May 31, 2012 on the ConnectedCOPS.net website.

“The time has come to honor some of the great work being done by law enforcement with open source technologies,” stated Stevens. “While the use of social media by law enforcement overall has a ways to go, there are agencies and law officers who are doing incredible things with these tools. These awards are just a beginning to honor their great work.”

The ConnectedCOPS Awards consist of six categories:

  • Award of Excellence at a Large Agency
  • Award of Excellence at a Small Agency
  • Leadership Award (Individual)
  • Top Cop Award (Individual)
  • Social Media Investigator Award (Individual) (Sponsored by LexisNexis)
  • Social Media Incident Management Award (Individual or Agency) (Sponsored by Nixle)

“The ConnectedCOPS Awards will honor the best work from across the globe. They are open to any officer and agency in the world,” Stevens continued. “We are also excited to announce our sponsors, which include Nixle and LexisNexis.”

Award partners, who will promote and judge the awards, include Crime Stoppers International, GovLoop, Law Officer.com, PoliceOne.com, Public Communications Worldwide and The Social Media Monthly Magazine.

An international panel of judges will evaluate the nominations and determine one winner in each category. Awards will be given at The SMILE Conference in Richmond, Va. in September 2012.

For more information on the ConnectedCOPS Awards, please visit ConnectedCOPS.net/ConnectedCOPSAwards.