DeKALB – The DeKalb Police Department has been named one of 12 winners for the 2019 Community Policing in Action Photo Contest.
The winning photograph – taken by photographer Mary Beth Nolan for the Daily Chronicle – shows DeKalb school resource officer Aaron Lockhart with a young DeKalb girl on his shoulders.
“Though it is an honor to be recognized, the real winner is the community engagement that we strive to achieve with our residents,” DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery said. “Over the years our officers and support personnel have built a lot of ‘community capital’ with our residents by being good at what they do and striving to always do the right thing.”
The winners for the fifth annual photo contest were chosen by the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, according to a press release from the Illinois Department of Justice.
The photo contest is meant to provide law enforcement agencies with a platform to showcase community policing in action, and share positive interactions with residents, according to the release.
“We are partners in this honor,” Lowery said, acknowledging the Chronicle for the photo. “It also reinforces the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words.”