For Immediate Release
May 5, 2016
CONTACT: Najla Haywood
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is pleased to feature the Vallejo Police Department (VPD) as its “Community Policing in Action” photo contest winner for the month of May. Last summer, under the leadership of Vallejo Police Chief Andrew Bidou, the department partnered with members of Vallejo’s faith-based community to host a midnight basketball event for youth. The winning photo features VPD Sergeant Brenton Garrick attempting a layup during one of the games.
The COPS Office will feature the photo and an interview with Chief Bidou and Sergeant Garrick on its website, e-newsletter, Twitter feed, and Facebook page. The interview also features Reverend Danté Quick of Vallejo’s Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, who helped spearhead the basketball event.
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 and announced them in January of this year. To learn more about the photo contest and view the winners, visit http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/photocontest.
To read the COPS Office interview on the VPD, visit the Community Policing Dispatch here: http://cops.usdoj.gov/html/dispatch/05-2016/may_photo_contest_winner.asp.
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 www.cops.usdoj.gov.