The message from the spokesman for the Midwestern US state's highway patrol department was that animals seek warm cars during winter's cold.
"Look around your ride!" he warned in the tweet, with a smiley face.
Gardner's informative and creative posts earned him an accolade Friday from the Police Twitter Awards, a United Kingdom-based competition showcasing the importance of Twitter "in building relationships with our communities."
Remember it’s cold outside and animals seek warmth in and around vehicles !!— Trooper Ben (@TrooperBenKHP) October 27, 2017
Look around your ride !
The officer's Twitter profile @TrooperBenKHP, which has nearly 32,000 followers, was the winner of the Best International Account -- the only award open to a police-related account outside of the UK.
"To be able to build a bridge with the people that I serve, and to reach people outside of my own state of Kansas... has had impact on my life," he said.
Gardner's fellow nominees were a police officer in the state of North Carolina whose twitter account @OfficerMorton includes doughnut jokes and video skits, and a fan account for "Live PD," a police documentary series on US cable television.
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