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Star For Immediate Release
January 5, 2016

CONTACT: Mary Brandenberger

U.S. Department of Justice's COPS Office announces winners of its second annual “Community Policing in Action” photo contest

12 law enforcement agencies selected for outstanding depictions of community policing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services today announced the 12 winners of its second annual “Community Policing in Action” photo contest. The COPS Office piloted the contest last year to highlight the community policing work of American law enforcement agencies. After receiving an overwhelming number of submissions, the COPS Office determined that the photo contest should become an annual event.

“These photos capture the positive interaction between police and the communities they serve,” said COPS Office Director Ronald Davis. “These types of interactions increase community trust, enhance public safety, and strengthen national security.”

Law enforcement agencies across the country were invited to submit up to three photos that represented positive interactions with communities during a one-month period. This year’s contest garnered more than 300 photos, submitted by more than 200 agencies. The 12 winning photos will be featured on the COPS Office website and social media accounts for one month each during the 2016 calendar year. In addition, the COPS Office will feature the winning agencies in monthly articles in its e-newsletter, The Community Policing Dispatch.

Congratulations to the “Community Policing in Action” photo contest winners: Abington Township Police Department (Pennsylvania); Brookhaven Police Department (Georgia); Chesapeake Police Department (Virginia); Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department (Colorado); Milwaukee Police Department (Wisconsin); Newark Police Department (Delaware); Orlando Police Department (Florida); Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department (California); Skokie Police Department (Illinois); St. Charles County Police Department (Missouri); Vallejo Police Department (California); and Woodstock Police Department (Georgia).

The winning and semi–finalist photos can be reviewed on the COPS Office website at

The COPS Office, headed by Director Ronald Davis, is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, the COPS Office has invested more than $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 more than 127,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training and technical assistance. For additional information about the COPS Office, please visit