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Star For Immediate Release
February 17, 2016

CONTACT: Mary Brandenberger

U.S. Department of Justice’s COPS Office features February “Community Policing in Action” photo contest winner

Chesapeake Police Department selected for outstanding depiction of community policing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As part of the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services “Community Policing in Action” photo contest, the COPS Office is featuring the Chesapeake Police Department’s winning photo this month on the COPS Office website, social media and in its e-newsletter, The Community Policing Dispatch.

This month’s featured photo contest winner is from the Chesapeake Police Department in Chesapeake, Virginia. The photo shows an intimate moment between an officer and a Chesapeake resident during a routine neighborhood walk-through.

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. Winners were announced at the beginning of the year.

Law enforcement agencies across the country submitted 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. This month’s article is available here:

The winning and semi-finalist photos can be reviewed on the COPS Office website at and details on the contest are available at

The COPS Office, headed by Director Ronald Davis, is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, COPS 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 COPS, please visit