Community Policing Inspector for South Holland Jim Tyner has been awarded the award for Best Individual Tweeting Officer at the Police End of the Year Twitter Awards.
Jim was nominated for the award by his Twitter followers, most of whom are South Holland residents.
He said: “I’m incredibly surprised to have won. Many nominations have come from people in South Holland which I am really pleased about. I use Twitter to reach the people of this area and this proves that I am doing just that.”
Jim began using the social networking website last year and says that it has certainly been more beneficial to his work than detrimental.
He said: “Twitter is great for getting information out quickly. For example, when there is a road collision we can let people know. I use humour when it’s appropriate, but I also use facts every day when I post about the crimes that have happened over the past 24 hours.
“People didn’t really know what to think of the idea at first, but I’ve had people come up to me who have seen that officers have been on patrol where they live, while they have been at work, via Twitter and they have been really pleased.”
Following his win, Jim was congratulated by many people, even someone from the Netherlands, but he is most pleased to hear from people in our area. “It’s lovely to hear from people all across the globe – that is the beauty of Twitter as anyone can follow you from anywhere in the world – but the messages that mean the most come from people in South Holland.
“This just shows that for a rural county, we can still use modern ways to reach the people we look after.”
Other winners from Lincolnshire were the Lincolnshire Police Dog Unit, the Lincolnshire Police Special Unit and PCSO Dave Bunker from Skegness.