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Police officers artistically depicted as heroic figures

Tampa police Maj. Sophie Teague, left, honors Chamberlain High School art students Alan Pinzon, 18, Julie Lechner, 16, and Julia Delk, 17, at District 2 headquarters on Thursday.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

Tampa police Maj. Sophie Teague, left, honors Chamberlain High School art students Alan Pinzon, 18, Julie Lechner, 16, and Julia Delk, 17, at District 2 headquarters on Thursday.

TAMPA — In the picture, one police officer rides a motorcycle. Another stands next to a police dog. A third hoists a weapon.

They're all serious, ready for action, and a little larger than life. That's how the artist, 18-year-old Alan Pinzon, envisions them.

"I wanted to make them look heroic, because that's basically what the police are," Pinzon said Thursday. "They're heroes. Everyday heroes."

Pinzon, a senior at Chamberlain High School, won a contest sponsored by the Tampa Police Department to celebrate National Law Enforcement Appreciation Month.

Pinzon won a $50 gift certificate in the contest, which was open just to Chamberlain art students. The Police Department hopes to hold a larger contest open to more students as early as this fall.

The department hung Pinzon's oil pastel and colored pencil picture in the lobby of its District 2 headquarters, along with three other Chamberlain student winners.

Those students are Kara Mundy, 17, Julia Delk, 17, and Julie Lechner, 16. The art students visited the Police Department and met several officers before starting to work. The results show in the recognizable faces of the final work.

"What's great about these pictures is these are our guys," said Kert Rojka, Chamberlain's school resource officer. "We know who they are. It's a great interaction between the students and the police, and the school and the police."

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