The West Midlands Police internal newspaper News Beat has been named 'best newspaper' at the national Chartered Institute of Public Relations President's Grand Prix awards.
The force was also 'highly commended' in the Public Sector category for the hard-hitting One Knife One Life campaign, designed to challenge the culture of carrying knives and educate young people about the dangers.
The event marked the end of the 2007 CIPR PRide Awards, with regional gold award winners pitched against gold winners in the same category from 11 areas across the UK for a Grand Prix Award to celebrate PR best practice.
Head of the press and PR department Chief Inspector Alison Telford said: "These awards are a testament to the hard work and professionalism of the teams involved and I am very proud of their achievements. To be recognised on a national level is very impressive and shows that West Midlands Police is at the forefront in communicating with our communities."
CIPR president Elisabeth Lewis-Jones said: "Winning a Grand Prix award is proof that you are the best of the best in the UK - at the top of your professional game."
News Beat is the official internal monthly newspaper of West Midlands Police. It contains general police news, Federation information and a variety of features.
It is designed and sub-edited by The Birmingham Post journalist Clive Leighton. This is the fourth award the publication has won in the past five years.
The Birmingham Post & Mail prints the newspaper, which is distributed to 8,000 readers each month.
Launched in 1978, News Beat has grown from an eight-page, two-colour publication to a 16-page full colour newspaper.