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 -

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