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.

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