Community Policing in Action Photo Contest Is Now Open

All state, local, territorial and tribal law enforcement agencies are invited to submit a photo that captures a spirited community policing moment for the opportunity to be featured on the COPS Office website, and its 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.

The photo should reflect positive engagement that promotes community policing and trust building with community members, stakeholders, local government, and others. While photos may include community members of all ages, we highly encourage photos depicting interactions with adults due to privacy concerns with photos of minors (please see the website for important details regarding photos of minors).

Brief overview on how to enter a complete submission:*

  • Select or snap a photo that best conveys your agency’s “community policing in action.” Please note that horizontal, high quality images are preferred.
  • Fill out the required Permission and Release to Law Enforcement Agencies Form, as well as the required Privacy Consent, Waiver, and Release Authorizing Use and Disclosure of Photographic Image Forms for each recognizable individual.
  • Submissions without these forms may not be entered to the contest.
  • Write a brief description of the photo and how it reflects your department’s positive community engagement.
  • Email in your complete submission by 8:00 PM EST on Monday, November 16, 2020.

*Please ensure to read all Contest Rules, Terms and Conditions carefully prior to submitting an image.

All photos must be submitted by 8:00 PM EST on Monday, November 16, 2020, via email to Please visit our website for complete contest rules, terms and conditions. Winners will be notified no later than December 28, 2020, via email.

For questions regarding the contest, please see the Frequently Asked Questions on the COPS Office website or contact us by email at

Please note that photos may be used in other COPS Office communications in the future and there is no cash award or other prize for this photo contest.

Fulton Public Schools Offering Free Child Care for First Responders

The program will be held at Bush Elementary where bathrooms are close to the doors allowing students to wash their hands as soon as they walk in. This was a recommendation made by the state.

Fulton Public Schools will begin offering free childcare to children whose parents are first responders.

Fulton Public Schools superintendent Jacque Cowherd said the school district received a list from Governor Parson and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that included kids in the school district whose parents are first responders.

Fulton Public Schools’ list included 24 kids from 14 families. After identifying the families, Cowherd did a survey of the staff and found 14 to 16 individuals who were willing to be a part of the program. The individuals include teachers who Cowherd said will be able to help teach the students and a custodian who can keep the area clean.

Cowherd said the custodian’s husband is a firefighter and she has two kids in the medical field, so this program is close to her heart.

The volunteers will meet up on Monday and nursing staff will layout protocols to ensure the safety of those involved.

Cowherd said his biggest fear that too many people will get sick and they’ll have to shut down. In response to this fear, the program is working on gathering hand sanitizer and masks for people to wear.

Cowherd hopes they’ll be able to start as early as next Wednesday with six kids.

But, the program may end up assisting more kids as time goes on.

Cowherd said every w​​eek, the local school superintendents have a conversation and if the other districts have kids that fit the criteria for the free childcare the Fulton Public Schools will work to include them.

The program will be held at Bush Elementary where bathrooms are close to the doors allowing students to wash their hands as soon as they walk in. This was a recommendation made by the state. (Fulton Public Schools)

The program will run until May 21 and, as of now, the program will run from 6:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

By Megan Smaltz | KRCG TV

High School Student 3D Prints Face Shields for Law Enforcement, Others

Introducing Project Face Shield! The CSA, CPS, and local 16-year-old future engineer Konnar Jones is switching from respirators to making face shields. Hospitals and first responders are asking for these shields – 5,000 or more are needed. The group is also asking other local 3D print owners to join them in their efforts. The website with the shield files is attached. The group is also  working on protocol for getting the shields shipped to them for distribution. Information will be posted soon on the Columbia STEM Alliance website…


Healthcare providers biggest challenge is still a shortage of personal protective equipment.

One Columbia high school student saw the need in the community and he printed a solution.

Konnar Jones is 3D printing face shields to donate to hospitals and first responders during the coronavirus pandemic.

He prints 30 face shields a day with 24/7 printing. Jones said he had to go through several design changes.

“It’s just hours and days worth of changes,” Jones said.

He’s working with Executive Director of the Columbia Stem Alliance Craig Adams. Their goal is to print 6,000 face shields.

Adams said the hard part is finding things like elastic, and the acetate material for the visor.

“It’s an awesome feeling to be able to help people. My family is a law enforcement family. So that’s just what we do. I’m finally being able to help people with the skills that I have. It’s just rewarding and I love it,” Jones said.

Adams said Jones has been 3D printing since the fifth grade.

“It’s impressive. He’s a really special individual. He was driven from an early age to do this. He’s got some great training from the career center and the classes he’s taken,” Adams said.

Adams said he doesn’t look at Jones as a 16 year old anymore. He said he views Jones as a colleague.

“Its phenomenal to see what somebody can do when they’ve got the skill and they’ve got the motivation and the curiosity that it takes to do that,” Adams said.

Jones said he would like more people to join the project.

If you’d like to donate money, materials or 3D print face shields reach out to Craig Adams

For more information please visit Columbia Stem Alliance’s website and Facebook page.The grou