West Midlands Police's internal newspaper, News Beat, won high praise at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Excellence awards.
The national awards are designed to recognise and reward best practice in public relations throughout the UK and this year received a record 724 entries for the 26 different categories.
According to the judges: "News Beat's design is authoritative and uncluttered. There's a strong journalistic approach, a good mix of stories and imaginative photography.
"Despite being an internal publication, News Beat regularly attracts media attention for its stories.
"This is a high quality publication with a professional appeal."
Head of WMP Press and PR Department Chief Inspector Sue Southern said: "We were very pleased to have reached the finalist stage and to have received national recognition for News Beat.
"We were up against five of the biggest names in the country, including Coca Cola and the NSPCC, so we were proud to be the only regional, public organisation to have made it that far."
News Beat is the official internal newspaper of West Midlands Police, produced on a monthly basis. It contains general police news, Police Federation information and a variety of features.
Eight thousand copies are produced and distributed each month. The publication is printed by the Birmingham Post & Mail.
The publication was launched in 1978, since when it has grown from an eight-page, two-colour publication to a 16-page full colour newspaper.
The accolade came at the awards at a ball held at London's Royal Artillery Gardens.