@WoldsSgt in the running for prestigious award

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Sgt Mike Templeman, or @WoldsSgt as he is otherwise known, has been nominated for a prestigious Police Twitter Award.

Having set up his account in December 2016, Sgt Templeman already has over 1500 followers which no doubt contributed to his selection as a finalist in the Best Twitter Newcomer category.

Sgt Templeman commented, “I set the account up primarily to let members of the public have an insight into what my team and I got up to during our shifts, as well as being able to create a network of contacts across police forces in the UK. This has now grown into a network of followers across all the emergency services as well as members of the public locally, nationally and internationally. I’m amazed how popular the account has become and never thought it would have over 1500 followers in only 10 months!”

Following nominations, finalists were announced earlier this month and were decided by a panel of experts including Police Officers and members of the public.

Winners will be announced at a special ceremony on the 24th November.

Sgt Templeman explained his approach to social media, “I always try and show the human behind the uniform, including promoting running I do out of work as a wellbeing tool while also trying to promote Lincolnshire police and of course my team. I was quite shocked to learn I’d been shortlisted for the police twitter awards and I’m looking forward to meeting all the other nominated accounts in West Yorkshire on the 24th November.”

Chief Superintendent Phil Vickers was keen to congratulate Sgt Templeman on his achievement. He said, “It’s good to see Mike’s commitment to keeping communities informed being recognised – highlighting the challenges of rural Policing and leading a team in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Mike has the perfect balance of local interest elements and policing messages.”

You can follow @WoldsSgt on Twitter.