The 2021 Community Policing in Action Photo Contest Ends Soon

The deadline for the seventh annual “Community Policing in Action” Photo Contest is quickly approaching​. Entries must be submitted by 7 p.m. Central Time, ​Monday, November 16​ to be considered.

All state, local, territorial and tribal law enforcement agencies are invited to send in submissions for an opportunity to be featured on the COPS Office website and on Twitter and Facebook​​ headers for one month during the 2021 calendar year.

Each winning law enforcement agency may also be featured in the COPS Office e-newsletter, the Community Policing Dispatch, and a COPS Office-issued press release.

Complete Submission Quick Tips

Make sure your submission is complete with these steps:

Snap your photo

Photo should depict positive community engagement that promotes community policing and trust building with community members, stakeholders, local government, and others.

Only ONE photo may be submitted (no collages). Photo should be visibly clear.

Fill out all forms (submissions without these forms will not be accepted)

Privacy Consent, Waiver, and Release Authorizing Use and Disclosure of Photographic Image Form(s): Submission must include an original, signed Notice, Consent and Release waiver for EACH recognizable individual in the photo.

Permission and Release to Law Enforcement Agencies Form: Submission must include Permission & Release form signed by an authorized law enforcement agency representative.

Include a description of the photo and why it exemplifies community policing in action (don’t forget to include photo credit).

Review your forms to ensure they are signed and complete.

Send submissions to TELLCOPS@USDOJ.GOV by ​7 p.m. Central Standard Time on Monday, November 16.

More Questions?

​V​isit for all the required forms, FAQs and the complete contest rules, terms and conditions.

Former Sheriff Passes

Former Laclede County Sheriff Joel Richards died on Monday, November 10. He was sheriff in Laclede County from 1969 to 1972. After serving as sheriff, he took a job with the Lebanon Police Department, working up the ranks to sergeant, lieutenant and in 1984 he was promoted to chief. He retired as police chief in the mid-1990s.  

Too Fast For Conditions: A Conversation on Speeding

​J​oin the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) on Thursday, November 12 from ​2 to 3 p.m. Central Standard Time​ for a roundtable discussion on speeding trends during the pandemic, state and local efforts to address this issue, and the opportunities and challenges presented by automated speed enforcement. 

This webinar is sponsored by Redflex. 
Moderator: – Russ Martin, Senior Director of Policy and Government Relations, GHSA 
Sponsor Remarks: – Mark Talbot, CEO, 
Redflex Panel Discussion: 
– Jonlee Anderele, Ph.D, Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Region 5 
– Daniel Farley, Chief, Traffic Operations Deployment and Maintenance Section, Pennsylvania DOT 
– Jonathan Nelson, Assistant to the State Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer, Department of Highway Safety and Traffic, Missouri DOT  

Recruiting and Retaining Officers in Small and Rural Agencies

In December 2019, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services held a day-long forum to discuss the challenges of law enforcement recruitment and retention and specifically focused on th​​ese issues in relation to smaller and more rural law enforcement agencies. The 32 participants included police chiefs, captains, lieutenants, academic experts, researchers, and agency directors of state police standards.

The forum’s small size allowed for a wide-ranging discussion that focused on the qualities that make an effective police officer, an in-depth examination of why people leave a department, the most significant challenges to recruiting and retaining officers, and a brainstorming session on the range of strategies these departments use to attract and keep officers. The result was an exchange of ideas and success stories that reflected the unique regional and size differences between the departments.

– Click here to view the publication –

The COPS Office publishes materials for law enforcement and community stakeholders to use in collaboratively addressing crime and disorder challenges. These free publications provide you with best practice approaches and give you access to collective knowledge from the field. By clicking on this link, you can find our recent and featured publications, and you can also search the Resource Center or our Community Policing Topics pages for specific issues or call the COPS Office Response Center at 800-421-6770.

Beware of Possible Scam

Recently, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office received promotional magnets with the sheriff’s office name and information from area businesses on them. The magnets came from a company by the name of FIVEFISH located at 109 S Elm St, Van, TX 75790.

The company sells advertisements to area business as if representing a sheriff’s office and to provide advertising for the office with local businesses.

This company may or may not be doing legitimate business. However, this is not an approved sheriff’s office project and there is a pattern of this type of misrepresentation as being affiliated with a local sheriff’s office. camden/article_196c20bb-e601-59a9-ba2d-2564831c054a.html

If you or anyone you know is contacted by a representative from FIVEFISH, do not give them money without contacting your local sheriff’s office first.

From Kevin Merritt
Executive director of the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association