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The winner takes it all…

Notice the stylish use of glitter. If there's one problem with policing in the 21st century it's that we don't use enough glitter.

You may remember a month ago I published a blog post all about a competition I was running during October to see who could come up with the best police related drawing, with a bag of Creme Eggs being the prize for the winner. With a lot less creativity than that shown by the entrants I’d called it the Police Picture competition and during its course I received some fantastic entries which I added to a special gallery over on the Facebook page.

The time has come to decide which was the favourite and due to the high standard of the submissions, this has been no easy task. Several times a firm favourite has been picked, only for minds to be changed the next moment when a fox is spotted in another drawing, or some fancy use of pencil, or even some flames seen jetting out the rear of a police car.

In the end though, and after much deliberation, a winner has to be announced and that winner is Megan Watton for her entry, ‘Bling Tazer‘. I liked both her use of glitter and also the ambition behind the drawing, that it could be used on a night out to stop boys ‘bothering’ her. Grossly illegal as this would be, I felt that the fact it only shoots blue and gold glitter probably mitigates any offences and it’s clear that she’s put genuine effort into her creation so congratulations to her.

As I say it was no easy task deciding and several of the other entries (heck, all of them) are worthy of special mention. Ian Paintain’s drawings of police vehicles were fantastic, Katie Walker’s lipstick wearing policewoman (or man?) was highly entertaining and James Turner’s floating, glitter-powered police car was great. Shaun Mills’ jet powered police car has given some of our mechanics ideas and Morgan Foster’s depiction of a criminal being tazered and attacked by a police dog was enough to put any criminal off a life of crime.

In addition to these, the street scenes sent in by Symone Cunningham, Sophie Ward and TJ O’Leary were all very impressive. I can see from Monica Handley’s entry that she’s a fashion designer to be, that Daniel Bird clearly thinks police foxes are a good idea and that Faye Stanley thinks police officers should wear bright yellow trousers!

I’ll be in touch with Megan as soon as I am able to (reluctantly) arrange for her to receive a bag of Creme Eggs in reward for her efforts and would like to congratulate all those who entered for submitting what were some very enjoyable pictures.

Whilst the competition is over, I’m always happy to receive your police pictures so if you have any please tweet them to me and I’ll share them with everyone else!

Must I paint you a picture?

Can you beat Ian's efforts?

Not too long ago I was sitting at home twiddling my thumbs when I decided I’d check in on my Twitter stream. Amongst the usual X Factor discussion and repeated direct messages from Stephen Fry telling me he really wants to work with me and get my autograph, I noticed a very interesting series of updates.

They were all from one of my followers, Ian Paintain, and contained links to a series of drawings he’d done of some of our police vehicles. I was so impressed with them that I’d asked if I could put some of them onto my Facebook profile and as he agreed, uploaded them straightaway.

I then thought if Ian could do such good drawings and share them with the good people of cyberspace, could there be others who might also have some artistic flair and like to get involved too? Might it be an idea to ask people to submit their police-themed art and gather the entries together under the guise of a friendly competition?

Yes it would.

As such I’m happy to announce that for the month of October I’m running a competition for people of all ages and abilities who fancy entering with their own police-themed creative efforts. Entries can be in any form (drawings, paintings, pasta stuck to card etc) with the only criteria being that you’ll need to be able to email me an image of your work in a readable, reasonably low file size, format.

Whilst the competition is running I’ll be using the Twitter hashtag #policepicture to reference any tweets on the theme and would encourage you to do the same.

All entries will be uploaded onto a special gallery over on the Facebook page and at the end of the month I’ll be asking officers from my team at Walsall to stick their thinking caps on and try and decide which is our favourite.

What’s in it for the winner though? Well, as anyone who follows my Twitter feed might know, I’m partial to the occasional Creme Egg so what better prize could I offer the most talented artist than an entire bag of Creme Eggs brought directly from the Cadbury factory in Bournville? These will be carefully packaged and then sent via the Queen’s very own Royal Mail as soon as the winner is announced, thereby guaranteeing the lucky person instant popularity amongst friends and family alike.

All of these will belong to the competition winner, minus one or two that might go inexplicably 'missing' in transit...

Whilst I’ve said entries should be on a policing theme, I’ll leave the interpretation of this up to yourselves. I guess I’m hoping for pictures of police vehicles, police officers locking up bad guys and jumping over rooftops but the content is really up to you – let your imagination run wild. The competition is open to all and you can submit as many entries as you please.

Entries will close on October 31st and I’ll try announcing the lucky winner the following week on this here blog. Good luck!

Please submit your entries to me via the competition email address which is -
policepicturecomp@hotmail.com


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