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Star For Immediate Release
January 29, 2015

CONTACT: Elizabeth Simpson

COPS Office Announces Winners of its 20th Anniversary “Community Policing in Action” Photo Contest

COPS Office Announces the Twelve Winners of its First-Ever Social Media Photo Contest

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) today announced the winners of its 20th Anniversary “Community Policing in Action” photo contest. The contest, which offered law enforcement and other community stakeholders the opportunity to visually share examples of community policing in action, received over 200 submissions within the one-month contest submission period.

“We were overwhelmed by the number of photos we received,” said COPS Office Director Ronald Davis. “We wanted to give the public an opportunity to share what community policing is to them. Through aggressive social media outreach, we were able to connect with agencies and community members who see the positive work that law enforcement officials are doing daily. The photos reflect this recognition of the importance of community involvement in public safety.”

Initially, the COPS Office planned to choose four winning photos to be featured quarterly on its Twitter and Facebook accounts, but because of the overwhelming response, the selection committee decided to instead choose twelve photos to be featured monthly.

Congratulations to the “Community Policing in Action” photo contest winners:

To view the full gallery of photo contest winners visit: Photo Contest Winners 2015.

The COPS Office, led by Director Davis, is a component of the Department of Justice responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, the COPS Office has awarded over $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of approximately 125,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training and technical assistance. For additional information about the COPS Office, please visit