Podcasts from South Yorkshire's police force have won a Home Office wink.

The project has been chosen by the Home Office as an example of “good practice” in modern UK policing, as part of a focus on bringing police closer to the communities they serve.

South Yorkshire Police is the first police force in the UK to offer a podcasting service.

The police podcast was also one of five finalists in the “Best team in the public sector” category of the recent UK Online Information awards, but was beaten by the Royal College of Nursing.

It hasn’t stopped the long podcasting arm of the law (actually a team of two from within the technology department).

The team has assembled two seasonally-inspired transmissions.

The first features an interview with chief constable Meredydd Hughes on the topic of drink/drug driving during the festive season.

The second spotlights crime and disorder reduction officer Andy Foster about crime at Christmas - from securing your home when you go away at Christmas to securing your valuables when you go out shopping.