Talk about getting your news straight from the horse’s mouth.
West Yorkshire Police’s Mounted Section has won an award for its Twitter account.
The four-legged heroes won Best Tweeting Police Horse Account at the #PoliceEndOfYearTwitterAwards.
The online awards were led by Supt Kerry Blakeman, of West Midlands Police, and included awards for the Best Tweeting Officer, Best Tweeting Corporate Police Account and Best Police Informative Account.
West Yorkshire’s Mounted Section was voted top by members of the public.
Check out the @WYPHorses account below:
@WYPHorses have been on Twitter since July 2012 and have more than 13,000 followers.
The team post regular updates and photos of the horses and their duties and humour is never far away.
Sgt Jane West, of West Yorkshire Police’s Mounted Section, said: “It’s fantastic that the online presence of our mounted section has been recognised nationally.
“Alongside the day-to-day duties it’s fantastic for our officers to be able to engage proactively with our communities.
“We get some great feedback from people who follow the account and this is a great early Christmas present for the team.”
Supt Pat Casserly, in charge of operations at Carr Gate, Wakefield, where the horses are stabled, said: “Our mounted section is an extremely valuable resource to the force in tackling crime, protecting the vulnerable and engaging with our communities.
“We deploy our officers to all manner of tasks including neighbourhood patrols, searches for missing people and for policing football matches.
“Since the team have had an online presence, the support they have gained from members of the public locally and nationally has been fantastic with over 13,000 people keeping up to date with what’s happening in the yard and out and about.
“It is an excellent achievement to see off the strong competition from other mounted teams, and I am really proud of the team for their continued efforts day to day out on the streets of West Yorkshire as well as online.”