Bloomington Police Department Wins a National Community Policing Contest
The Bloomington Police Department has won the Community Policing in Action Photo Contest for the month of June from the office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). The winning photograph shows former Chief Brendan Heffner helping a young boy during the "Project with a Cop" event.
Heffner was recently confirmed as U.S. Marshal for the Central District of Illinois. In the announcement, Heffner states that the department has used social media, including this photo, in a variety of ways to engage with the community. In addition to building a relationship with the community, the department has been able to use social media to solve a crime in less than 20 minutes.
Heffner was the Bloomington Police Chief for nearly five years.