The Office of Community Oriented Policing recently announced the Charleston Police Department is one of 12 winners in its 5th Annual Community Policing in Action Photo contest.
The contest, piloted in 2014, has received widespread support from law enforcement for providing a platform for agencies to share positive interaction with community members.
This year, the COPS Office invited state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies to submit one photo that best depicts community policing in action. Almost 150 agencies participated and through an office-wide selection process, twelve winners were selected for 2019.
The winning photo for the Charleston Police Department is of Master Police Officer Nikolaus Holum and a student at Mitchell Elementary during Cocoa with Cops.
“We’re so excited to have been selected as one of the winners in this contest,” Chief of Police Luther Reynolds said. “Community Policing is a part of our DNA and we love what we do.” “Congratulations also to the other contestants serving their communities,” he added.
The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources.