The ConnectedCOPS Awards

About the awards

The ConnectedCOPS awards were created by LAwS Communications with the intent of recognizing the good work being done by individual officers and law enforcement agencies with social media. The global law enforcement community will be considered for these awards. Any police officer or agency anywhere in the world is eligible. There is one civilian category. Nominations can be made by anyone. Full contact information must be supplied or the nomination will be voided. All nominations will be verified.

Deadline extended to June 30th

Nominations for the third annual ConnectedCOPS Awards will open April 15th, 2014 and will be accepted through June 30th (EXTENDED). Evaluation and determination will be made by an international panel of judges between June 15th and August 15th.

Winners will receive:

  1. Recognition of their achievement at the awards ceremony at the SMILE Conference in the fall of 2014,
  2. A custom crystal trophy,
  3. Financial assistance for one to travel to SMILE in Birmingham, UK in September of 2014,
  4. Free admittance to The SMILE Conference in fall of 2014 and
  5. International acknowledgement of their achievement in partnering media publications.


The Award Categories

Please read the criteria carefully

 

ConnectedCOPS Social Media Investigator

Award Sponsor

This award is given to the law enforcement investigator at any worldwide law enforcement agency who, as a practitioner, has used social media successfully to solve crime. The Social Media Investigator practices appropriate security measures and supervision in his/her investigations.
The nominee for this award must be an individual sworn law enforcement officer. Consideration given to work from June 1st, 2013 through May 31st, 2014.

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ConnectedCOPS Civilian Award of Excellence

This award is given to the individual civilian member or employee of a law enforcement agency who has singularly demonstrated overall excellence in the use of social media to improve public safety and/or enhance his or her agency’s community engagement and reputation. This individual is creative and innovative and shares what s/he knows by mentoring others, participating in public speaking opportunities and leading by example.
The nominee for this award must be a civilian member or employee of a law enforcement agency. Consideration given to work from June 1st, 2013 through May 31st, 2014.
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Social Media Campaign Management

This award will go to the law enforcement agency which has met its stated goals with a documented social media campaign. The campaign is designed to address a significant problem or educational issue within the agency’s jurisdiction. Nominations should include a description of how success was measured.
The nominee for this award must be a law enforcement AGENCY. Consideration given to work from June 1st, 2013 through May 31st, 2014.
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ConnectedCOPS Award of Excellence at a Large Agency

This award is given to a law enforcement agency, anywhere in the world, of 151 sworn officers or more that has demonstrated overall excellence in the use of social media to enhance its services to the public. The agency exhibits leadership, creativity, strategic planning and innovation in its use of social media to engage, educate, recruit, and etc. The agency has a broad and deep understanding of social media use and applies sound governance and strategy in its social media operations. The agency also promotes the use of social networking in law enforcement through its outreach to colleagues and by mentoring others.
The nominee for this award must be a law enforcement AGENCY. Consideration given to work from June 1st, 2013 through May 31st, 2014.

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ConnectedCOPS Award of Excellence at a Small Agency

This award is given to a law enforcement agency of 150 sworn officers or fewer that has demonstrated overall excellence in the use of social media to enhance its services to the public. The agency exhibits leadership, creativity and innovation in its use of social media to engage, educate, recruit, and etc. The agency has a broad and deep understanding of social media use and applies sound governance and proactive strategy in its social media operations. The agency also promotes the use of social networking in law enforcement through its outreach to colleagues and by mentoring others.
The nominee for this award must be a law enforcement AGENCY. Consideration given to work from June 1st, 2013 through May 31st, 2014.

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ConnectedCOPS Leadership Award  

This award is given to the individual officer up to and including the rank of Sergeant (or its international equivalent) at any worldwide law enforcement agency who has singularly demonstrated exemplary and selfless leadership in the use of social media to improve public safety and/or enhance his or her agency’s community engagement and reputation. This individual is creative, innovative and fearless and shares what s/he knows by mentoring others, participating in public speaking opportunities and leading by example.
The nominee for this award must be an individual sworn law enforcement officer. Consideration given to work from June 1st, 2013 through May 31st, 2014.

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ConnectedCOPS Top Cop Award  

This award is given to the law enforcement executive of the rank of LT (or its international equivalent) and up, at any worldwide law enforcement agency who has demonstrated significant and sustained executive leadership to further the use of social media (open source) in law enforcement. This individual is a risk-taker and a pioneer in his or her promotion and use of social media in policing. The recipient of the Top Cop Award also gives his or her thought leadership and expertise freely to others.
The nominee for this award must be an individual sworn law enforcement officer. Consideration given to work from June 1st, 2013 through May 31st, 2014.

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ConnectedCOPS Social Media Event Management

This award is given to the law enforcement officer or agency anywhere in the world who has used social media to manage and/or influence a public safety/emergency event, whether unforeseen or known. This officer/agency has demonstrated pre-planning and has operated strategically and has successfully implemented social media engagement techniques to positively and effectively communicate public safety information in an urgent or emergency situation.
The nominee for this award can be a law enforcement agency OR individual law enforcement professional to include civilians. Consideration given to work from June 1st, 2013 through May 31st, 2014.

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The 2013 ConnectedCOPS Awards Winners

From L to R is Sergeant Thorir Ingvarsson, Reykjavik Metropolitan Police (Excellence at a Large Agency); Superintendent Gary Askin, Waterloo Regional Police; Lindsay Charlesworth, Waterloo Regional Police (Social Media Campaign); Sean Stephenson, Calgary Police (Social Media Event Management); Detective Sam Palmer, Phoenix Police (Social Media Investigator); Bridget Fitzpatrick, Omaha Police (Civilian Award of Excellence); Lieutenant Christopher Cook, Arlington, TX (Social Media Leadership)
Not pictured: Deputy Chief Peter Sloly, Toronto Police (Social Media Top Cop); Bernard Keyworth, North West Motorway Group (Excellence at a Small Agency)


For more information about the ConnectedCOPS of 2013 see ConnectedCOPS Awards Winners Announced.

For more information about the ConnectedCOPS of 2012 see ConnectedCOPS win big with social media.