Norfolk (VA) Police Department Wins COPS Office Photo Contest
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is pleased to feature the Norfolk (VA) Police Department (NPD) as its “Community Policing in Action” Photo Contest winner for March 2022.
The winning photo features NPD Patrol Officer Jordan Marksbury comforting a young Norfolk resident at the scene of a single-car accident in 2021. While sirens blared and firefighters provided medical treatment to the driver, a woman who had suffered a seizure, Officer Marksbury comforted the driver’s daughter, wrapping her arms around the child and assuring her that her mother would be okay.
The scene in the winning photo is nothing out of the ordinary for the NPD, which focuses on supporting its community members in as many ways as it can. In fact, the NPD boasts 25 community engagement programs, all of which are hands-on and many of which are focused on young people. A strong advocate of community policing, NPD Chief Larry D. Boone maintains that it is essential that officers assume highly visible proactive roles within these communities.
View the winning photo on the COPS Office website, as well as on the COPS Office’s official Twitter profile and Facebook page. NPD’s commitment to community policing and its dedication to protecting members of the Norfolk community are also chronicled in the March 2022 edition of the COPS Office e-newsletter, the Community Policing Dispatch.
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 agency 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 135,000 officers.