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The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services features Orlando Police Department during the month of April

Orlando Police Department selected as a “Community Policing in Action” photo contest winner

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is highlighting the Orlando Police Department in April as part of its annual “Community Policing in Action” photo contest. The winning photo of Orlando Police Chief John Mina and Reverend Dr. Robert Spooney during Coffee with a Cop in October 2015 will appear on the COPS Office website, Twitter, and Facebook pages. The COPS Office will also feature an interview with Chief Mina in its e-newsletter, The Community Policing Dispatch.

The COPS Office piloted the photo contest last year to highlight positive community policing efforts across the country. After receiving an overwhelming number of submissions, the COPS Office made the photo contest an annual event. This year’s contest garnered more than 300 photos, submitted by more than 200 agencies during the one-month submission period. The COPS Office selected 12 winning photos to feature monthly on its website and social media networks. The COPS Office announced the winners in January of this year. To learn more about the photo contest and view the winners, visit

To read the COPS Office interview with Chief Mina, visit The Community Policing Dispatch article available here:

The COPS Office 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