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Star For Immediate Release
March 15, 2016

CONTACT: Mary Brandenberger

Skokie Police Department featured as COPS Office “Community Policing in Action” photo contest winner for March

Skokie Police Department selected for heartwarming depiction of community policing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Departmen of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is featuring the Skokie (Illinois) Police Department during the month of March as part of its annual “Community Policing in Action” photo contest. The COPS Office will showcase the Skokie Police Department’s winning photo, which features Sergeant Scott Anderson sharing a hug with a Skokie youth, on its website, social media and in its e-newsletter, The Community Policing Dispatch.

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, 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