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Norfolk Police Department Earns Recognition from Department of Justice for Community Engagement

December 19, 2017 | Virginia News

News Image The Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) announced today, that the Norfolk Police Department has earned recognition for a photo entered into the 4th annual “Community Policing in Action” photo contest.

The recognized photo taken in October of this year, highlights the engagement between Chief L. D. Boone and a young man walking and talking in the Young Park community in the wake of recent gun violence and homicides. Chief Boone inherently understands children’s fears in the midst of violence. “I can certainly relate to youth who are affected by violence where they live, as I recall incidents from my early years growing up in New Jersey, inner-city housing. It’s good for officers to tell youth affected by violent crimes, that officers will protect them, and reassure them that we are always working to arrest the bad guys.”

Norfolk Police Community Relations Manager, Karen Parker-Chesson shared, “This photo characterizes the department’s commitment to community policing, and demonstrates the importance of connecting with citizens of all ages, by building and nurturing community-police relations for mutual respect.” The NPD photo earned a semi-finalist honor, among 200 photos submitted nationwide over a one-month period. The photo will be featured in COPS Office website, Twitter and Facebook over the next year.

The COPS Office piloted the photo contest in 2015 to highlight positive community policing efforts across the country. The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1994, 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.

For more details or information surrounding the photo please contact Norfolk Police Department Community Relations Manager, Karen Parker-Chesson at (757) 390-1954 or COPS at