Social Media In Law Enforcement

ccawards2013It was revealed yesterday that I have been awarded the 2014 ConnectedCOPS Top Cop award at the Social Media In Law Enforcement Conference, or #SMILEcon as it’s tagged.

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.”


IMG_0053IMG_0052Winner of the President’s Medal from
the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Winner of the Mind Digital Media Award.


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12 thoughts on “Social Media In Law Enforcement

      1. 12 September 2914

        Dear Mentalhealthcop
        You are a harbinger of good sense and goodwill.
        With best wishes
        Rosemary
        PS I am delighted that the Law Commission contacted you because I was singing your praises and said that you run this excellent blog. The “Cheshire West” ruling changes the legal landscape and I said that you are just the person who should be contacted as you are sans pareil in informing the public

  1. Congratulations. Really pleased you have received this recognition. Your blog is pretty much flawless– best on the internet, bar none.

      1. 13 September 2014
        Dear Mentalhealthcop and Mr Herbert,
        I would be most interested to know to what precisely the training methods for police are to be regarding Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Mental Health Act 1983 please. I have made FOI Requests to some police forces and gave up once it became clear that they could not provide me with such details.
        Thank you so much for all you both do – as clearly Mentalhealthco’s ringing endorsement of Tony Herbert must mean that you too are incredible.
        Best wishes
        Rosemary
        Rosemary Cantwell

      2. Thank you Michael. I have put some comments on the relevant thread. Rosemary, my interest in this subject comes from my son James’s death in police custody in 2010. The events around his death are subject to a second IPCC investigation which is ongoing. James had mental health issues and my attention was drawn to Michael’s blog just after James’s inquest in 2013.

        Like many other families who have lost loved ones in police custody, we are motivated by prevention of future deaths as well as justice for them.

        This blog succeeds on all levels. Above all, it is compassionate to those who suffer from mental health issues at the same time as being an invaluable resource.

      3. Dear Michael and Tony,
        I am very sad to hear of your son’s death, James, and pray that we can prevent such tragedies in future. The police are there to protect everyone but unless they are fully understanding of medical conditions – including mental health and mental capacity – then errors will be made.
        My sincere condolences on the tragic loss of your son.
        Rosemary

  2. Reblogged this on Simple Things and commented:
    Great work by Mike has led to this award. He also survived an internal police investigation about use of social media that led to a twitter storm, articles in the Guardian and thousands of new followers.

    Mikes ‘gone mainstream’ and has a position at the National College of Policing looking into mental health issues.

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