Sarasota Police Chosen as a Winner of U.S. Department of Justice Photo Contest

SARASOTA, Fla. – July 2, 2015 – 9:30 a.m

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) has announced the Sarasota Police Department has been chosen as a winner of its 20th anniversary ‘Community Policing in Action’ photo contest.

The Sarasota Police Department is one of 12 law enforcement agencies in the country to be chosen in the first-ever social media photo contest. The photo features Officer Carmen Woods and Lieutenant Kenneth Castro dancing with residents and visitors at community barbecue on January 4, 2014. The photo was taken by the Sarasota Police Department Partnership Policing Communications Coordinator, Genevieve Judge, during the event.

"This photo highlights how our police department builds relationships and trust in our community," said Chief Bernadette DiPino. "It’s an honor to have a national organization, like the U.S. Department of Justice, recognize the work our men and women do every day to keep the City of Sarasota a safe place to live, work and play."

The photo featuring the Sarasota Police Department will be the cover photos on the COPS Office Twitter and Facebook pages for the month of July. To read the news release from the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office, please visit

To see the photos on the COPS Social Media pages, visit the COPS Facebook page at and Twitter page at