The COPS Office Announces Winners of its Seventh Annual “Community Policing in Action” Photo Contest

For Immediate Release: 
Friday, February 26, 2021
COPS Office Public Affairs
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) today announced the 12 winners of its seventh annual “Community Policing in Action” photo contest. The contest, piloted in 2015, has received widespread support from law enforcement for providing a platform for agencies to share positive interaction with community members.

Each year, the COPS Office invites annual state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies to submit one photo that reflects the agency’s positive community engagement and trust building with community members, stakeholders, local government, and others. Over 100 agencies participated this year, and through an office-wide selection process, winning photos were chosen from the following law enforcement agencies:

  • Dayton (OH) Police Department
  • Delano (CA) Police Department
  • Drexel University (PA) Police Department
  • Frisco (TX) Police Department
  • Jonesboro (AR) Police Department
  • Lawrence (MA) Police Department
  • Maricopa County (AZ) Sheriff’s Office
  • Mission (TX) Police Department
  • South Bend (IN) Police Department
  • South Fulton (GA) Police Department
  • St. Charles County (MO) Police Department
  • University of Cincinnati (OH) Department of Public Safety

The 12 winning photos will be featured on the COPS Office website, as well as on the COPS Office’s official Twitter profile and Facebook page, for one month each during the 2021 calendar year. In addition, the winning agencies will be featured in monthly articles in the COPS Office e-newsletter, the Community Policing Dispatch. The winning photos from this year and prior years can be viewed on the COPS Office’s Photo Contest page and in its Photo Galleries.

The COPS Office is the federal component of the Department of Justice responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. The only Department of Justice agency with policing in its name, the COPS Office was established in 1994 and has been the cornerstone of the nation’s crime fighting strategy with grants, a variety of knowledge resource products, and training and technical assistance. Through the years, the COPS Office has become the go-to organization for law enforcement agencies across the country and continues to listen to the field and provide the resources that are needed to reduce crime and build trust between law enforcement and the communities served. 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 134,000 officers.