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LAwS Communications

June 20, 2013 09:00 ET

LAwS Communications Announces 2013 Second Annual ConnectedCOPS Awards

Nominations Open for Awards Honoring the Best Police Work in Social Media

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Jun 20, 2013) - LAwS Communications today announced that nominations are open for the 2013 second annual ConnectedCOPS™ Awards, an awards program for law enforcement worldwide using social media. The ConnectedCOPS Awards were created with the intent of recognizing the great work being done by individual sworn officers and law enforcement agencies with social media. Nominations for the 2013 ConnectedCOPS Awards will be accepted now through June 30 on the website.

"The best thing about the ConnectedCOPS Awards is that we're able to highlight the best police work in social media on a global level," stated Lauri Stevens of LAwS Communications. "The caliber of the work nominated in 2012 was astounding and the ConnectedCOPS Awards set the bar. Going forward we can only expect the quality of work to be significant and the competition to be tighter."

With the 2013 awards, two new categories have been added. One is a strictly civilian category to recognize the civilian member of law enforcement who has achieved excellence in police communication with social media as a civilian/staff member. The second new award is for social media campaign management.

The 2013 ConnectedCOPS Awards consist of eight categories:

  • New! Civilian Award of Excellence
  • New! Social Media Campaign Management
  • Excellence at a Large Agency
  • Excellence at a Small Agency
  • Leadership Award (Individual)
  • Top Cop Award (Individual)
  • Social Media Investigator (Individual) (Sponsored by LexisNexis)
  • Social Media Event Management (Individual or Agency)

An international panel of judges will evaluate the nominations and determine one winner in each category. Awards will be given at The SMILE Conference in Omaha, Neb. in September 2013. The judges are one representative from each of the partners of the ConnectedCOPS Awards. For the full list, please visit

The first annual ConnectedCOPS Awards were awarded at The SMILE Conference in Richmond in September 2012. The 2012 winners were a result of 83 nominations from 10 countries. They were whittled down to finalists from eight countries and the winners of the six awards represented six countries.

Award descriptions and more information on the ConnectedCOPS Awards can be found at

About LAwS Communications
LAwS Communications has been providing interactive media advice to law enforcement since 2005. Open Source communication technologies available today allow organizations to efficiently gather and distribute information like never before. LAwS Communications works with law enforcement professionals to help make sense of the tools available, help agencies craft a plan and social media policy as well as provide the training needed. LAwS Communications can help law enforcement organizations not only understand why an agency should take advantage of social media technologies, but also how to leverage these vast resources. LAwS Communications is located in Newbury, Massachusetts. It is a subsidiary of Stevens & Associates Inc.

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