This goes once step further that last year when I was short-listed for it.
#SMILEcon 10 has just finished – the first time that the event has been staged outside north America and it was hosted by West Midlands Police in Birmingham who published a press release.
Given this award on the 10th September, I used it to try to highlight World Suicide Prevention Day – I said rather more than I normally do about the extent to which the police and emergency services are affected by stress, depression and anxiety disorders not to mention PTSD. Having deliberately gone out on a limb in front of various senior officers, I found them really receptive to the essential message about the need to improve our responses as staff sickness levels arising from psychological conditions rises. I hope this partly arose, as I pointed out, because very similar things could be said and are said about many employers. It’s about how we shift our whole society’s attitude towards mental health conditions and those of us who live with them.
It’s worth looking at the website as many of the talks given were fascinating – I will forever remember the award-winning communications team from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in New Brunswick who expertly presented on their social media response to the triple murder of their officers on June 4th this year. I wasn’t the only person wiping my eyes at the end. I also commend you to the talk given by Chief Constable Simon COLE from Leicestershire Police which shows why executive leadership on social media is vital.
The citation of my award reads –
“This award is given to the sworn law enforcement executive of the rank of LT (or its international equivalent) and above, at any worldwide law enforcement agency who has demonstrated significant and sustained executive leadership to further the use of social media and internet technologies 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 thought leadership and expertise freely to others.”
Winner of the Mind Digital Media Award.